It is believed gardaí located up to three men in car in the Cahir area of Tipperary after incidents in New Inn, Golden and Cahir.
A chase ensued but the men, believed to be in their late teens or early 20s, escaped.
They were later seen driving the wrong way along the main Cork-Dublin motorway between Cahir and Mitchelstown.
The car, a black Volvo S60, was found abandoned at Cloughbreeda near the old Cahir bypass.
Garda search teams from Tipperary and north Cork began a search for the men, aided by the garda helicopter and dog teams.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cahir gardaí on 052 7445630.