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KAROLINE TUCKEY
Last updated 16:35 16/07/2014

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Three people are due to appear in Levin District Court today following the seizure of firearms and discovery of cannabis after a car chase, during which a police car was allegedly rammed.

Police seized two guns and an undisclosed amount of cannabis after car chase on Friday.

Senior sergeant Sarn Paroli said at about 10.30pm on Friday an officer signalled a car to pull over in Fairfield Rd for a traffic check.

He said the driver attempted to flee, but it first rammed the police car, then crashed into a garage at a house about 400 metres away.

The officer was not injured. Two of the other car's three occupants ran from the crash.

A male driver, 25, from Foxton; a male back seat passenger, 34, from Levin; and a female passenger, 25, from Foxton were involved.

''With the assistance of a dog handler they were tracked to a nearby house and arrested,'' Paroli said.

"The third person was unable to get out of the car because it was a two door car and it was wedged between the garage and a fence.''

He was arrested and taken to Palmerston North hospital as a precaution, but discharged several hours later.

''One of the firearms was found in the vehicle, and another firearm was also located in the house where the other two were arrested.''

Paroli said the three were gang associates and cannabis was also found at the house.

He declined to name the gang, the type of firearms, or the amount of cannabis.

All three face ''various charges'', and have been remanded in custody until they appear in court.

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