Gardai use ‘stinger’ in high speed chase

A man was in custody yesterday (Tuesday) after a high speed chase across three counties ended in gardai having to use ‘stingers’ to bring the pursuit to a halt.

A man was in custody yesterday (Tuesday) after a high speed chase across three counties ended in gardai having to use ‘stingers’ to bring the pursuit to a halt.

The drama began during the early hours of Tuesday morning when a high powered Audi was stolen in Longford town.

A short time afterwards, at around 3:30am, the same car was seen driving away from a house in the Edgeworthstown area by a garda patrol car.

Believing the occupants had targeted the private residence just moments previously, officers set off in pursuit.

Those attempts appeared to fade however as the speedy saloon disappeared into the night and seemingly out of the reach of onrushing gardai.

Less than half an hour later, gardai managed to trace the vehicle in nearby Castlepollard just after a second house had been raided.

Again, and much like the Edgeworthstown episode, gardai struggled to keep up with the driver as he headed towards Mullingar.

When it became clear there was little chance of stopping the car, gardai set up a checkpoint in Lucan with the force’s tried and trusted vehicle stopping device, more commonly known as ‘the stinger’ being deployed.

The driver of the vehicle was quickly arrested and was yesterday (Tuesday) helping gardai with their inquiries at a Dublin based garda station.

He is from the Tallaght area and is closely aligned to a Traveller gang that gardai believe may have been behind a string of break-ins at properties across the greater Midlands region.

Officers also managed to retrieve a pair of laptop computers from the car as part of a follow up search.

Investigators, meanwhile, are keen to track down the driver of a second Audi that was also involved and have appealed for witnesses to contact them at Granard Garda Station (043) 6686512.