Gardai hospitalised after patrol car is rammed on main street of county Limerick village

TWO LIMERICK gardai are recovering after their patrol car was rammed in a county village.

TWO LIMERICK gardai are recovering after their patrol car was rammed in a county village.

A Garda mobile patrol car was parked on Main Street, Doon at 11.50pm on St Stephen's night when the incident happened.

A garda spokesperson said a dark blue Opel Vectra drove up behind the patrol car and rammed it.

The two male gardai were taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital where they were treated for shock and minor injuries.

They have since been discharged and are expected to return to work shortly.

The driver of the Opel then headed out the Convent Road and made his escape.

"The vehicle suspected of being driven in the ramming was recovered on Monday. It was found burnt out a couple of miles outside Doon in a forestry area," said a Garda spokesperson.

On Tuesday a man in his early thirties, living in the Doon area, was detained by gardai and interviewed. A file is being prepared for the DPP and it is understood gardai are not looking for anyone else in connection with the ramming.

"Thankfully their injuries weren't serious. It could have been a lot worse. There wasn't significant damage done to the patrol car" said the spokesperson. Cllr Mary Harty said it was a shocking attack on gardai.

"St Stephen's night is a particularly busy night for members of the gardai and to think that they were subjected to a violent act of this nature on a night when their resources were stretched and they were doing their best to cover as many bases as possible is absolutely horrific," said Cllr Harty.