Two arrested after Garda manhunt

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A Garda operation on Monday evening, involving the Garda Air Support Unit, the National Dog Unit, the Regional Support Unit and Gardai from Carrick-on-Shannon and Manorhamilton resulted in the arrest of two men.

A Garda operation on Monday evening, involving the Garda Air Support Unit, the National Dog Unit, the Regional Support Unit and Gardai from Carrick-on-Shannon and Manorhamilton resulted in the arrest of two men.

A third male remained at large following an incident in which members of An Garda Siochana were allegedly assaulted having tried to ascertain the details of the driver of an English registered Ford Focus which previously failed to stop at a checkpoint in Carrick-on-Shannon on August 16.

The car was detected on Monday at Mahanagh, Drumshanbo and Gardai approached in an attempt to ascertain the identity of its driver.

Following the request for identification one of the youths attempted to make good his escape and assaulted one of the Gardai.

It was confirmed pepper spray was deployed while two other youths attacked Gardai with a stick, stones and bottles and also attempted to set their dog on Gardai, allowing the driver to escape.

A significant search operation was launched with one of the youths apprehended in a nearby field at approximately 7pm while a second was located in a follow-up search in Dowra an hour later.

The two arrested men, who are known to Gardai are aged 20 and 21 and are understood to be from the Dowra area.

They were scheduled to appear before a special sitting of Carrick-on-Shannon District Court yesterday evening, after the paper went to print.

The third person remained undetected at the time of going to press.

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