Belfast Telegraph

Irish PM Brian Cowen's garda escort car struck by stolen vehicle

By Tom Brady

A Garda Special Branch car escorting Taoiseach Brian Cowen was struck by a stolen vehicle during a high speed chase.

The two detectives in the garda car were not injured in the collision as the driver of the stolen car tried to overtake a line of cars at traffic lights in Dublin.

The detectives were following the Taoiseach's official car as Mr Cowen was being driven home on Thursday night from a late cabinet meeting.

The three men in the stolen car sped off after the collision, pursued by a couple of garda patrols.

When the chase reached Crawford Avenue in Ballyfermot, the occupants of the stolen car abandoned it in a field and ran away. They were chased on foot and arrested shortly afterwards. Gardai said the three were aged between 16 and 20 years.

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