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Friday 20 October 2017

Drug-addict arrested after rush hour chase

Commuters and pedestrians watched in horror as a 23-year-old drug addict drove a stolen car like a maniac during a high-speed chase with gardai at the height of the morning rush hour.

Sources said it was a "miracle that no one was seriously injured.

The drama began to unfold at around 8.30am on Friday when the man came to the attention of gardai who noticed him trying to make an illegal turn in a 2009-registered Saab in Dame Street.

Investigations later established that the car had been stolen in Irishtown.

Officers tried to stop the driver, but he swerved at an officer who had just stepped out of his squad car to try to deal with him.

The Saab was then chased by a motorcycle garda in busy Westmoreland Street, which was full of people heading for their work.

In his bid to get away, the drugged-up driver clipped a pedestrian, who was lucky to escape injury.

The chase eventually came to an end on the South Quays, where the driver was arrested by officers from the Traffic Corps.

Gardai said he had tablets in his mouth.

The man, who is also a convicted drug dealer, was taken to Pearse Street garda station.

However, officers were unable to interview him for several hours because he was in such an intoxicated state. The man is originally from the south inner city and previously had a number of addresses in the Crumlin area.

The stolen car had been fitted with false number plates.

kfoy@herald.ie

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