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Man (29) arrested after cross border chase involving Gardai and PSNI

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A 29-year-old man was arrested by PSNI officers in Newry on Wednesday evening following a cross border pursuit that began on the M1 in county Louth.

The PSNI say a silver Honda Civic in question was believed to be linked to “other offences” earlier in the evening. In a statement released to LouthNow.ie, a Garda spokesperson said that while carrying out a pro active patrol on the M1 in Co. Louth at approximately 11:20pm last night (Wednesday August 26) Gardaí observed a car driving erratically.

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The car failed to stop when requested to do so and a managed containment operation ensued. The vehicle crossed the border north of Dundalk.

Shortly after 11:50pm, it was reported that the vehicle was detected by officers on the A1 Northbound Carriageway having crossed the border.

The vehicle was located shortly after by officers on the hard shoulder near the off slip for Forkhill Road. Significant damage was reported to the vehicle, which was seized by police.

PSNI Officers later arrested the man in the Dublin Road area of Newry on suspicion of dangerous driving and possession of a Class B Controlled drug. He is currently assisting PSNI officers with their enquiries.

“This is another example that highlights the success of our partnership with An Garda Síochána in tackling crime along the border area,” PSNI Inspector Peter Stewart said.

“We would appeal to anyone with any information in relation to this incident to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 2151 26/08/20.”

UPDATE / Thursday 1.45pm

The 29-year-old man has now been charged with Driving a Motor Vehicle in a Dangerous Condition, Driving with No Insurance and Possession of a Class B Controlled Drug.

He is due to appear at Newry Magistrates Court on Friday August 28.

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