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Four charged after assault, weapons seized north of Peace River

Four people have been charged after an assault escalated into a weapons complaint and a police chase near Peace River.

The RCMP says the incident was triggered by the assault and attempted robbery of a man around 1 a.m. on June 6th. Closer to 7 a.m. that morning, police then responded to a complaint that people in two red vehicles were pointing guns at each other.

Before arriving, one of the vehicles took off. Mounties say they found a red Ford Fusion at the scene and arrested two men inside, including one with injuries to his face.

The second vehicle was reported to be a red Dodge Charger, which officers tried to pull over while going west on Highway 2 towards Peace River. The vehicle fled while speeding and led police on a chase through the Peace River region.

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After deflating the tires of the vehicle, the suspects continued to drive on bare rims for around 20 kilometres, before eventually being stopped near Simon Lake.

41-year-old Duane Merrier and 35-year-old Dale Laboucan are facing various weapons charges, while 31-year-old Cody Letendre is facing an assault charge and 30-year-old Bobby Auger is charged with nine counts of failing to comply with release order conditions.

Police say no shots were fired. One man reportedly sustained injuries as a result of the earlier assault and attempt to steal his vehicle.

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