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3 charged with assault after man dragged by vehicle in Orillia, Ont.

According to police, two men were walking along Esplanade Street when a vehicle approached them and its three occupants started yelling profanities. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

Three men have been charged with assault after a man was dragged by a vehicle around the Orillia, Ont., waterfront on Friday night.

According to police, two men were walking along Esplanade Street when a vehicle approached them and its three occupants started yelling profanities.

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The vehicle left and returned a short time later and its occupants sprayed one of the pedestrians with beer and threw a beer can at him, officers say.

The vehicle left the scene again before it returned a third time and stopped near the two men, who were walking, police add.

One of the pedestrians then approached the vehicle and started having a conversation with the car’s driver before he drove away in an aggressive manner, dragging the pedestrian more than 25 metres, according to police.

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Police say the vehicle was found shortly thereafter and that its occupants were arrested.

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James Ley, 23, from Barrie, Eric Artindale, 21, from Ramara and Roarke McCooeye, 21, from Bracebridge were each charged with assault. Ley was also charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle.

The three accused were released on a Form 10 undertaking and will appear in Orillia court in November.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.