Gardai investigating link between false imprisonment of woman and motorway crash
Gardai are investigating the suspected link between the false imprisonment of a woman in Portlaoise and a road traffic collision on the M7 this afternoon.
Shortly after noon today, a woman in her 30s was subjected to an assault at her home in De Vesci Court, Fairgeen, Portlaoise by a man known to her.
A source stated that the woman was held at knifepoint, and possibly tied up during the assault.
The extent of the woman's injuries are not yet known, and she was forced into her car after the attack.
The assailant then drove the vehicle a short distance to the nearby Portlaise Prison on the Dublin Road, where the woman managed to flee from the car.
Gardai were immediately alerted and an investigation was launched.
This vehicle was then involved in a serious road traffic collision on the M7 motorway at 1.30pm. The incident occurred near Ballybrittas in Co Laois.
A male, aged in his 30s, suffered minor injuries and was transferred to Naas General Hospital.
A source said that the injured male is suspected of involvement in the earlier assault and false imprisonment of the woman in Portlaoise.
He has a number of previous convictions for fraud and theft related offences.
The individual and the woman are both foreign nationals and known to each other.
The male will be interviewed by gardai in relation to the assault once he is discharged from hospital.