Suspected drunk driver arrested after crash near Shannon

Suspected drunk driver arrested after crash near Shannon


Debris is cleared from the scene following the crash – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

A motorist has been arrested on suspicion of drunk-driving after his car became airborne and careered over a crash barrier at a busy motorway interchange in Co Clare this afternoon.

The single-vehicle incident happened at around 1.30pm at the junction 9 interchange on the M18 near Shannon. The black car was travelling along the N19 dual-carriageway from the direction of Shannon Airport and towards the motorway when the incident occurred.

As the car approached the interchange the driver failed to make a turn, struck a kerb and his car became airborne.

The vehicle smashed through several road signs as it ‘flew’ over a two-foot high crash barrier. The vehicle then travelled about 30 metres into shrubbery in the middle of the interchange and only narrowly avoided careering down an embankment onto the motorway.

Two units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from nearby Shannon station responded to the scene along with Gardaí and ambulance paramedics.

One arrival at the scene, the sole occupant of the vehicle had already exited the car apparently uninjured despite the extensive damaged caused. No other vehicle was involved and no one was injured.

The man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drunk-driving and taken to Shannon Garda station for questioning.

Traffic Infrastructure Ireland (TII) motorway maintenance crews spent some time clearing debris including damaged road-signs and parts of the car from the scene.

Gardaí have confirmed that a motorist was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and that their investigation is ongoing.


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.