Driver as­saulted in road rage in­ci­dent af­ter avoid­ing a near miss

Alpine Observer - - News - By JUSTIN JENVEY

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.”

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