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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Man swam in a river to evade arrest after crashing stolen car

Gardai have appealed for witnesses
Gardai have appealed for witnesses

A man who swam across a river in Meath in an attempt to flee from gardai after crashing a stolen car has been arrested.

The man, who is in his 30s, crashed the grey BMW 5-series into a utility pole around 2km out the Kildalkey Road in Trim, and was spotted by gardai on Monday afternoon.

The incident occurred shortly before 2pm, with the Garda Air Support Unit on hand to help gardai, who chased the culprit by foot. The man then proceeded to swim across the River Boyne, coming out close to the New Haggard Road.

A Garda spokesman said the offender was apprehended shortly after he left the water.

"He fled the car and crossed the River Boyne, where he then proceeded to go through the nearby fields by foot, before being apprehended and arrested by Gardaí after taking and crashing a stolen car," he said.

There were reports of two car thefts from the Maudlin Vale estate in Trim town within the last week.

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