Thugs ram garda car in stolen vehicle after high-speed chase
Two gardai were lucky to avoid serious injury after their patrol car was rammed during a high-speed chase in a north-Dublin estate.
The incident began in Finglas and ended a short distance away in Cabra after the driver of a vehicle failed to produce a valid insurance certificate.
The vehicle then fled the scene at speed, with officers taking up pursuit.
Other gardai were alerted and several patrol cars from various districts responded to the callout.
One eyewitness described how the incident came to an abrupt end when a patrol car positioned itself across a road in the Carnlough estate, Cabra, as the stolen vehicle sped towards it.
"The patrol car tried to block off the road as the navy Mondeo sped towards it. The car was driving very fast and smashed into the rear of the garda car.
"Four people got out of the car and ran off, while the garda vehicle was badly damaged at the rear," the witness said.
A garda forensic unit later arrived on the scene to conduct an examination.
Officers from Cabra Garda Station are investigating and so far no arrests have been made.
However, a source described how the suspect is "known to gardai in the area", but not in relation to any major incidents.
"He fled the scene, which is surprising because he is known to gardai in the area for a several minor offences," a source said.
In a separate incident, more than €750,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis was seized during the planned search of a vehicle and premises in Irishtown on Saturday morning.
Officers from the south-central district drugs unit based in Pearse Street Garda Station carried out the search.
A man aged in his 40s was arrested in relation to the seizure.
He has since been released without charge, and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.