A manhunt is underway after three gardai were assaulted with bottles, stones as well as having a dog set on them after a routine stop and search turned violent.
The incident happened yesterday evening in Mahanagh, Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim after gardai pulled over a car that previously failed to stop for them on August 16 last.
The vehicle, believed to be a silver Ford previously attracted garda attention as officers were not satisfied with the ownership details of the car.
In that incident the driver of the vehicle managed to escape when confronted by gardai.
In yesterday’s shocking incident, one young man attacked gardai after being asked to verify details of the vehicle.
Officers responded by producing pepper spray, and the incident turned into what sources have described as a “free for all” when two other men in the company of the young driver of the vehicle also began to assault gardai.
During the assault, the three man gang took up arms and attacked gardai with glass bottles, stones and sticks. A dog was also set on officers, but it is not known if the canine managed to successfully attack gardai.
One of the men was subsequently arrested at the scene after gardai reinforcements arrived to assist their colleagues. The Garda Air Support Unit as well as the Dog Support Unit was also called in to aid in the search for the two men.
A second man was arrested approximately one hour later in a wooded around 7km from the scene of the attack.
Both of these men are currently being detained at Manorhamilton garda station and are expected to appear before a special district court sitting today.
The third man, believed to be aged in his early 20s is still at large. After fleeing in the silver vehicle, he ditched the car and continued his escape on foot.
Gardai have since seized the getaway car which is currently being examined by forensic officers.
A search for the man was postponed last night as darkness fell, but is expected to continue this morning.
Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Carrick on Shannon garda station, on 0719650510.