Driver assaulted in road rage incident after avoiding a near miss
POLICE expect to charge a man with assault after a road rage incident on the Myrtleford Yackandandah Road 10 days ago.
A Bruarong man, believed to be in his late 30s, is alleged to have punched a Myrtleford man, 30, after the two drivers confronted each other following a near collision at Morrisons Lane on July 16.
The near miss was caught on the victim’s dashcam after the Bruarong man pulled out in front of the Myrtleford man after turning right out of Morrisons Lane on to the Myrtleford Yackandandah Road.
Leading Senior Constable Bernard Murphy said a physical altercation was not the answer to such a situation.
“The bottom line is if there is an issue like that out on the road you can’t go taking it into your own hands,” he said.
“If you’re not happy with how a person is driving then you contact the police and say you’re prepared to give a statement.
“In this case the two drivers have exchanged pleasantries and neither has backed down before one has given the other a punch to the jaw.
“We’re yet to speak to the offender but from what we know there’s a fair chance he is going to be fronting the magistrate.”
Snr Cons Murphy said the dashcam footage showed the Bruarong man cut off the Myrtleford man after he pulled out of Morrisons Lane.
“He has pulled out and into the passing lane there but hasn’t waited for the Myrtleford man to go past him and has effectively cut him off,” Snr Cons Murphy said.
“Lucky our driver has been paying attention to what’s happening in front of him and he’s been able to slow down just in time to not plough into the back of the vehicle.”
Snr Cons Murphy said it was a reminder for people to carefully check for oncoming traffic and to not underestimate distances and speeds of other vehicles.
“You have to be mindful of every other vehicle around you for a start,” he said.
“When you’re turning on to 100km/ h roads like the Myrtleford Yackandandah Road or the Great Alpine Road off the Snow Road you’ve got to do so when it’s safe.
“When you have cars travelling along those roads at 100km/h you have to get up to speed fairly quick because the person coming up behind you shouldn’t have to be slamming on their brakes.”