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5 GARDAI HURT AFTER THIEVES RAM PATROL CARS.

Byline: DECLAN FAHY

SIX gardai were injured yesterday when thieves rammed several cars with their jeep as they fled after breaking in to a shop.

Two men in their 20s, both from Tallaght, Dublin, were eventually arrested following a high-speed chase on country roads.

The burglary happened at a local shop in Ballaghadereen, Co Roscommon, at 4.30am.

A Garda spokeswoman said: "The culprits escaped, rammed a patrol car and a civilian car.

"Then they took to the fields, stole another car, and smashed into a further three Garda cars and two other civilian cars.

"And then they were apprehended in Ballingar at around 5.30am."

The spokeswoman denied that the thieves had stolen a patrol car on their rampage. The injured gardai were taken to Roscommon Hospital. One female

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BATTERED: A Garda patrol car yesterday which took the full force of the stolen jeep as the theives made a frantic attempt to escape from gardai; BENT: The remains of the thieves' 4-wheel-drive; DAMAGE: A van caught in the getaway path
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 1, 2003
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