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The scene of the incident earlier. Colm O'Brien

Three arrested after high speed chase on M1

It is understood that the three men arrested are connected to a number of burglaries in Northern Ireland.

THREE MEN HAVE been arrested after a high speed chase in a garda operation that saw two lanes of the M1 in Dublin closed.

The incident occurred at approximately 5.30pm this evening. Gardaí intercepted a car which they believe had been involved in criminal activity earlier in the day in Northern Ireland. It is understood that the men are connected to a number of burglaries.

Several garda cars were damaged during the incident which resulted in the M1 being closed southbound at the M50 junction for a number of hours to facilitate the investigation.

There was also a small fire in the car the three men were driving, which is believed to have been stolen, but emergency services were on the scene and it was put out quickly.

The men were arrested at the scene and are currently detained at Ballymun Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4- Criminal Justice Act 1984.

The M1 has now reopened fully.

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