Gardaí were forced to pursue the vehicle carrying the men as it drove at high speed away from the burglary of a shop in Ballinalee, Co Longford, and eventually onto the N4 road towards Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
With a number of patrol cars in pursuit, the vehicle carrying the men was only stopped when gardaí used a “stinger” strung across the road, thereby puncturing the car’s tyres.
Even then, all three occupants fled into nearby fields, with two arrested after a lengthy search which involved the Garda Air Support Unit helicopter.
The two men were held in custody in Granard and Longford Garda stations but the search for the third man was continuing last night.
The drama began when an unarmed man stole a sum of money from a shop in Ballinalee at 5.50pm on Saturday.
A Garda patrol car saw the man get into a waiting vehicle and signalled for it to stop. That patrol car was then rammed before the gang sped away.
As other Garda units gave chase, another patrol car was rammed at Dromod, Co Leitrim.
The chase then continued onto the N4 where the car carrying the gang was eventually stopped.
A 30-year-old man was arrested at the scene and following what gardaí said was a lengthy search, a 19-year-old man was also arrested.
Both men will appear before a sitting of Longford District Court this morning facing charges of burglary and dangerous driving.
The search for the third man continues nationwide.
Gardaí believe the gang is from the Kildare/Westmeath area.