Garda injured after patrol car rammed by robbery gang
A GARDA suffered back and neck injuries when a patrol car was rammed in Waterford by a gang fleeing at high speed from a spate of rural burglaries.
The incident occurred shortly before 10pm last night when Gardaí were responding to reports of a series of burglaries along the Waterford-Cork border.
It is understood a car containing three people was driving at high speed near Lismore in west Waterford when a marked garda patrol car was struck.
It is suspected that the patrol car was deliberately rammed by the gang as they attempted to evade being stopped.
The vehicle involved was a high-powered saloon car.
The garda suffered non-life threatening injuries in the impact.
He was treated at the scene before being taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for assessment.
The garda, understood to be in his 30s, was being treated for suspected neck and back injuries.
He is expected to be kept in hospital for observation.
The gang managed to flee the area.
A number of break-ins in the Lismore, Tallow and Fermoy areas are believed to be linked to the gang.
It is the third time in the past month that a vehicle linked to burglaries in the Cork-Waterford-Tipperary area has fled form gardaí at high speed.