Gangster's bullet-proof BMW seized after chase
By Barry Duggan
Friday February 15 2008
GARDAI have seized a bullet-proof BMW worth €100,000 belonging to a leading member of one of the country's most dangerous criminal gangs after a high-speed car chase.
The driver of the car, who is a close relation to the vehicle's owner, was arrested following the pursuit after he failed to stop the high-performance vehicle at a garda checkpoint in Limerick city.
Officers also recovered a bullet-proof vest in the vehicle. The arrested man is likely to face charges in connection with the incident.
The top-of-the-range black BMW, which was fitted with bullet-proof glass at a cost of €100,000 to the owner, belongs to a leading member of the Dundon-McCarthy gang.
The car owner, who is behind bars, and the arrested driver remain a target for gangs based in the St Mary's Park area of the city.
The vehicle remains impounded following the high speed chase on Tuesday.
The driver of the vehicle who is in his early 20s is well known to Limerick gardai investigating ongoing criminal and gangland activity in the city.
He has just returned to Limerick from Spain where he was in the company of murdered Dublin criminal Paddy Doyle until days before he was shot dead. Doyle was shot dead in the Costa del Sol last week.
The Limerick man who returned to the city a fortnight ago has served three years for drug dealing has openly threatened to kill opposing members in Limerick city's ongoing feud. He was released from prison last November.
- Barry Duggan