GARDAÍ were pelted with beer bottles and had their patrol car rammed four times during a high speed chase in Cork city which lasted nearly 45 minutes.
Astonishing scenes were witnessed in the city as some of the occupants of the red Ford Escort opened up the sun-roof and flung bottles and even a car radio at the pursuing Garda patrol car.
The pursuit started when gardaí in Blackrock were informed of a suspected burglary at a house in Ballintemple village early yesterday morning.
When they arrived at the scene at 2.35am they saw the Escort take off at high speed and pursued it.
Sergeant Fergus Twomey said the patrol car followed the car which headed into the city centre at speeds often in excess of 100km per hour.
The Escort came to an abrupt halt at the junction of Industry Road/Friar Street. It then reversed and rammed the patrol car.
Despite the damage to the front of the garda vehicle it continued the pursuit into Togher and Wilton.
The Ford Escort then headed towards Blackpool where it rammed the patrol car twice in Watercourse Road and again at Br Delaney Road.
However, by this time garda patrol cars from Mayfield, Gurranabraher, Togher and Anglesea Street had also joined the pursuit.
They converged on Br Delaney Road where the Ford was brought to a halt and its three occupants, aged in their 20s and 30s, were arrested.
Two of them were taken to the Bridewell Garda Station for questioning and the third was detained at Mayfield Garda Station.
They were subsequently released without charge and a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
“The pursuit was brought to a successful and safe conclusion. But the incident was potentially very dangerous, not just to our officers but also to members of the public,” said Sergeant Twomey.
He said extensive damage had been done to the Blackrock patrol car, but fortunately the two gardaí who were in it were not injured.
“We are appealing for any members of the public who witnessed the Ford Escort driving at speed in the city to contact us. We are also appealing for anybody who saw bottles being thrown from the car,” Sergeant Twomey said.
* Anybody with information is asked to contact Blackrock garda station at (021) 4536690.
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