A 16-year-old boy travelling through Ardee with a female social worker stole a car at gunpoint on Wednesday evening.
The incident occurred at 10.30pm on Wednesday last, according to reports in the Irish Independent today. The teenager, who lives in residential care, was travelling through the town with the social worker when he threatened the woman with what was believed to be a firearm.
Demanding the car keys, the boy took control of the vehicle while the woman fled on foot. The teen then drove from Ardee to the the M3 motorway via Kells. From there, he headed southbound to Dublin.
After the woman raised the alarm, a high speed chase – which then went onto the M50- involved heavily armed members of the Garda’s Regional Support Unit and eventually came to an end near Tallaght where the boy was arrested.
He was arrested at the scene for alleged dangerous driving and drink driving offences and taken to Kells Garda Station. While the weapon used in the car theft has not been recovered, officers believe it was an imitation firearm.
Garda sources have also told the newspaper that the female social worker was unharmed in the incident but left “very shaken.”
The 16-year-old was released from custody without charge on Friday. A file is being prepared for the DPP.