Driver arrested after car chase

Driver arrested after car chase


The scene near Lissycasey where the car crashed and the driver fled across fields – © Pat Flynn 2014

A man left his pregnant partner in a crashed car as he fled across fields after losing control while being pursued by gardaí.

The woman was taken to hospital as a precaution but is thought not to have been seriously injured. The driver was however arrested a short time later and taken into custody.

Gardaí became suspicious of a car after they spotted it travelling along the N68 in Co Clare. The vehicle was driving from Kilrush towards Ennis when a garda patrol noticed the car near Lissycasey.

When gardaí turned around and proceeded after the car in an effort to stop it, the driver took off, turned off the main road and up a country road.

Just moments later, about 5 kilometres down that road, the driver skidded and lost control of the car on a t-junction at the bottom of a hill. It appears the driver had attempted to turn left towards Ballynacally.

The car missed a stone bridge by just inches and mounted a ditch, narrowly avoiding overturning into a field about 10 feet below.

The driver jumped from the disabled car and ran off across fields leaving the pregnant woman behind. The man was arrested soon afterwards and taken to Ennis garda station for questioning.

An ambulance was called for the pregnant woman however she’s understood to have sustained only minor injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Gardaí impounded the vehicle and removed it to Kilrush garda station.

Gardaí are investigating the incident and are trying to establish why the driver fled. It’s understood however that he may have been driving without insurance and possibly other documentation.

The man was later charged and released on station bail pending further investigation.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.