Men injured after being hit by car during chase

Men injured after being hit by car during chase


Emergency services at the scene of the incident in Parteen – Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

Three elderly men have been seriously injured after they were struck by a stolen car that lost control while being pursued by gardaí.

One of the pensioners is understood to have lost a leg in the  incident that happened at around 5.00pm this evening in the village of Parteen in the east of the county.

One man was arrested late last night but a second remains at large.

Gardaí had responded to a reported burglary at Doonass near Clonlara and it’s understood they gave chase after spotting a suspect car.

The speeding car failed to take a bend in Parteen and careered out of control into the carpark of the local pitch-and-putt club and collided with a parked vehicle.

It’s understood that the injured men were standing in the car park when they were struck by the car. Two male occupants of the car fled the scene on foot.

Three units of the fire brigade and three ambulances from Limerick City raced to the scene along with gardaí who quickly began a search of the local area.

Paramedics and a doctor treated the injured at the scene before they were rushed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment. The men are reported to have been seriously injured.

One of the injured men is removed to an ambulance – Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

The road at the scene has been closed to traffic and Garda diversions are in place.

The office of the Garda Ombudsman has been informed and an inspector is expected to visit the scene.

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.