Gardaí pulled five youths from a burning car in Dublin last night after they were chased across the city.
A teenager was hospitalized and the driver of the car arrested after failing to stop for Gardaí in the Tallaght area.
Around 8pm the pursuit ended when the car crashed and overturned onto a footpath on New Nangor Road in Clondalkin.
Footage of the incident shows the car on its side, with flames and smoke emanating from under the vehicle.
Officers then drag the youths out through the car’s window one by one before restraining them at the curb.
A garda is also seen attempting to douse the flames while a number of bystanders look on.
The driver of the car, in his late teens, was arrested for traffic offenses and has since been released without charge.
Another teenage passenger was taken by ambulance to hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
A source said: “It is extremely fortunate that no one was seriously injured in this incident, including those in the car, the Gardaí involved or those at the scene of the accident.”
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
A Garda spokeswoman said they were conducting a “guided containment operation” when the car failed to stop for Gardaí in Tallaght.
“The operation ended when the car crashed into a bank on New Nangor Road, Clondalkin at around 8pm.
“Five men were in the vehicle at the time and one man, a teenage boy, was taken by ambulance from the scene to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries,” she said.
“The male driver of the car (late teens) was arrested at the scene and taken to Rathfarnham Garda station. He has since been released without charge pending further investigations.
“The other three men were unharmed. The investigation is ongoing,” added the spokeswoman.
https://www.independent.ie/regionals/dublin/gardai-pull-five-youths-from-burning-car-following-pursuit-across-dublin-city-41519986.html Gardaí rescue five teenagers from a burning car after chasing them across Dublin city