A County Armagh man was arrested after a gardaí patrol car was rammed in Dundalk over the weekend.
A man in his 20s – from the south Armagh area –was arrested following the incident during the early hours of Saturday morning.
A vehicle which was being driven erratically on Park Street failed to stop for gardaí shortly after 4am.
A chase ensued before the car collided with the patrol car at around 4.30am at the Redcow roundabout as part of “a managed containment operation”.
Two gardaí were injured and were brought to Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda.
A man and two women in their 20s, who were in the offending car, were also taken to hospital.
None of the injuries sustained are believed to be life threatening.
Gardaí have appealed for witnesses, and in particular anyone who was travelling in the Park Street, Demesne and Redcow roundabout areas at this time, who may have video/dashcam footage to make it available to investigating Gardaí.
Anyone with any information on the incident is being asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9388400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
The Garda Representative Association’s CEC representative for the Louth Garda Division, Garda Derek O’Donoghue has said: “[This] is yet another reminder that Gardai start their shift not knowing if they will finish it without injury or having their lives put in danger.
“Gardai in Louth, and elsewhere, want to ensure our streets and roads are safe for all users whether they are pedestrians, cyclists or drivers.
“I am glad to be able to say that the Gardai involved in this particular incident have not been seriously injured.”