THREE Garda patrol cars were rammed and the armed regional support unit had to be deployed to stop a van carrying five children being erratically driven by a man on a busy highway.
where Gardaí required treatment for non-life threatening injuries following the incident which ended near Mahon in Cork.
It was reported that none of the children were injured in the protracted attempt to stop the van.
The alarm was raised by a member of the public who reported that the van was being driven in a very bizarre manner on the Dublin-Cork motorway just outside Fermoy in north Cork.
Gardaí intercepted the vehicle but were shocked to find the van contained a number of children.
Despite the vehicle repeatedly signaling the adult male driver to stop and stop, the vehicle continued towards Cork City.
Near Mahon, three Garda patrol cars were rammed by the van and damaged.
The concerned Gardaí sought the help of the armed regional support unit, fearing for the safety of the children and the public.
Gardaí eventually managed to stop the vehicle in the Carr’s Hill area.
The man was arrested at the scene just after 10 p.m.
He was taken to Bridewell Garda Station where he is being questioned.
All children underwent precautionary medical examinations, but no injuries were found.
Two Gardaí were treated for minor injuries when their vehicles were rammed in Mahon.
Both were treated at Cork University Hospital (CUH).
The affected children are reunited with family members.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/gardai-rescue-five-children-from-van-and-arrest-driver-after-pursuit-in-which-three-squad-cars-allegedly-rammed-42025975.html Gardaí rescue five children from Van in Cork and arrest drivers after pursuit in which three squad cars were allegedly rammed