Five arrested following the ramming of a Garda Car in Donegal

Five people have been arrested in Donegal today after a car failed to stop for gardaí and a garda car was rammed in an incident which took place outside Donegal town at around 3.30pm this afternoon.

It’s understood a detective unit on patrol came across the car which contained three men and two women.

The car failed to stop and rammed the garda car a number of times before driving at speed towards the Tullyearl Roundabout which is situated on the main Donegal to Ballyshannon Road.

A garda Covid-19 checkpoint was in place and the car drove the wrong way around the roundabout before crashing a short time later.

The driver of the car left the scene and was pursued by one of the detectives.

It is understood a warning shot was fired but the man kept running from the garda.

The man hid in a nearby shed but was discovered by the detective and a struggle ensued before additional gardaí arrived and arrested the driver.

The detective sustained hand injuries, and was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital where he is currently being treated.

The two men and three women who are from Northern Ireland are being detained at Letterkenny Garda Station.

A search of the scene was conducted gardaí believe items were thrown from the car during the pursuit.

The Garda Ombudsman Commission has also been alerted as a shot was fired from an official garda weapon.

Gardai at Ballyshannon are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.