A Garda is being treated in hospital after being assaulted in west Cavan.
The incident occurred in the early hours of this morning, while the garda was on patrol in the Loughan in Blacklion.
The member of An Garda Siochana contacted colleagues seeking assistance but was disorientated and unable to explain what was happening.
From the North Western Regional Headquarters, his location was identified and Gardai along with the Armed Support Unit attended the scene.
He was found in a disorientated state with his official marked patrol vehicle present at the scene.
There was a strong smell of an accelerant in the air, his Garda uniform was saturated with an accelerant and he had signs of physical injuries.
The Garda was taken to Sligo University Hospital where he continues to be assessed and receive treatment this morning, for non-life threatening injuries.
An Garda Síochána has sealed off the scene and the Garda Technical Bureau will carry out an examination.
Speaking this morning Chief Superintendent of the Cavan Monaghan Division, Alan McGovern said this is a very serious and concerning attack on an unarmed member of An Garda Síochána and that the exact motive for this attack is yet to be determined.
An Garda Síochána would like to speak to any person driving on the N16, Cavan, passing Loughan House Prison, or the R206 and R207 at their junction with the N16, between 7pm yesterday and 3am this morning.