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UPDATED: Two people in custody after collision and attempted vehicle theft

Two people have been taken into custody following an incident near Nipigon.
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NIPIGON – Two people have been taken into custody following an incident east of Nipigon on Monday morning.

The incident began about 8:30 a.m. on Highway 17 in which the two suspects were believed to have been involved in a motor vehicle collision.

When a passing motorist stopped to help them, they assaulted the driver and attempted to steal the Good Samaritan's vehicle.

The victim was able to prevent the theft, after which the male and female fled the scene.

Police are asking travelling motorists not to pick up hitchhikers and if you do see anyone hitchhiking in that area, to call the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

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