Five burglary gang suspects were arrested after a stolen car they were in went “mid-air” and crashed during a high-speed garda chase through two counties, a court heard.

A father and son were among the men charged after the high-powered car allegedly left the scene of a break-in, rammed a garda vehicle and led officers on a lengthy pursuit.

Gardai said the arrests followed an investigation into nationwide burglaries by an organised crime group.

All five men were brought before Judge Paula Murphy at Dublin District Court this afternoon.

One was granted bail and all cases were adjourned for a week for the directions of the DPP.

William Connors (46), a father-of-four of Acorn Downs, Newbridge, Co Kildare is charged with seven offences – three counts of dangerous driving, as well as burglary, criminal damage to a garda car, possession of housebreaking implements and handling a stolen Audi, on April 26.

His son Larry Connors (19) of the same address, and the other three accused; James Connors (23) of Drumcairn Park; Michael Connors (23) of Kiltalown Hill; and Larry O’Reilly (21) of Ardmore Walk, in Tallaght are all charged with burglary, handling the stolen car and possession of the implements found in it.

William Connors was refused bail following garda objections, while his son Larry was granted conditional bail. None of the other three accused applied for bail.