Late last night Gardaí in Limerick arrested a man after a high-speed chase through Limerick.

Gardaí attempted to stop a car in the Ballynanty area of Limerick but the vehicle drove away at high speed through a number of housing estates before eventually being stopped with the assistance of the Armed Support Unit (ASU), a specially trained response unit who are armed with a combination of handguns, PDWs, which are similar to sub-machine gun, and shotguns.

During the chase an object was thrown from the car and recovered by Gardaí. Upon retrieval the object was discovered to be what is suspected to be a firearm along with a number of rounds of ammunition. The suspected firearm has been sent for analysis.

The driver of the car, a man in his 30s, eventually stopped in the Parteen area of Co. Clare and was arrested by Gardaí. The car that was used during the incident was seized and the man was brought to Henry Street Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939.