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Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau arrested in Gatineau

Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau is facing two counts of assault, uttering death threats, cocaine possession and breach of bail conditions.

He arrived at the Gatineau, Que., courthouse in handcuffs on Thursday morning after police responded to a 4 a.m. domestic violence incident.

According to Parliament Hill reporter Cormac MacSweeney, Brazeau is expected to appear in court at 2 p.m., at the earliest.

Brazeau wore a green shirt, black jacket and pants and dress shoes as he got out of a van.

Gatineau police spokesman Pierre Lanthier said a 39-year-old man was arrested after a 911 phone call.

“It was an altercation between a man and a woman,” he said.

He said officers who went to the scene found that a violent confrontation had occurred on a patio in front of residence.

A woman complained of being assaulted by the 39-year-old.

Another man who was inside the house, complained he was assaulted and threatened.

Brazeau already faces a number of legal problems.

In February, the RCMP charged him with fraud and breach of trust in relation to his Senate expense claims.

In another legal case, Brazeau is charged with assault and sexual assault, over an incident at his home in February 2013.

A year ago, the Senate ordered Brazeau to pay back almost $50,000 over disputed expense claims. He refused, and the Senate garnished his salary until last November, when he was suspended without pay.