Three men arrested after stolen car rams two garda vehicles
Gardai arrested three men who fled from a stolen 4x4 after the jeep rammed two garda vehicles at a checkpoint in Portlaoise.
This morning, shortly after midnight, a 4x4 vehicle which was stolen in County Laois on June 23/24 failed to stop for gardai at a road checkpoint located at Cloncourse, Portlaoise.
This vehicle then rammed a marked garda car before colliding with a second garda vehicle.
Three men fled from the 4x4 vehicle into a nearby field.
Gardai immediately searched the area with the assistance of the Garda Air Support Unit and arrested the three men a short time later.
The three men, aged 36, 38 and 39 years, were brought to Portlaoise and Tullamore Garda Stations where they are currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
Four gardai received non-life threatening injuries during the incident and attended Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise. No other injuries were reported.
The scene was preserved for technical examination.
Vehicles, trailers and farm equipment have been recovered during on-going searches in connection with the operation.
The operation was carried out by gardai from Laois/Offaly, Carlow/Kildare and Tipperary garda divisions who were assisted by Regional Support Units and the Garda Air Support Unit.