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A WONGA cou­ple has re­vealed the “pet­ri­fy­ing” at­tempt by a rogue driver who tried to run them off the road in wet con­di­tions.

Mar­garet and Roy Flem­ing were driv­ing home from Moss­man on Tues­day night at 7.15pm, when another driver took is­sue with their speed of 80km/h in a 100km/h zone.

Mrs Flem­ing, who was driv­ing, said there had just been tor­ren­tial rain so she was be­ing cau­tious. “It was too wet,” she said. “I nor­mally do the speed limit; I know what it’s like to be stuck be­hind some­body who’s not. It can be frus­trat­ing.”

But that wasn’t any ex­cuse for what came next. Half­way to Wonga another driver came up be­hind them in a hurry.

“Then, all of a sud­den, th­ese lights came up quite close be­hind us,” she said.

“They had their high beams on and spot­lights, right be­hind me. Then they sped past and I just flashed my light once to say ‘you shouldn’t be hav­ing your high beams on’.”

That turned out to be a mis­take, with the driver stop­ping dead in the mid­dle of the road.

The Flem­ings drove around the other mo­torist, who ges­tured at them and shouted.

“I thought, I’m not stop­ping be­hind this ma­niac,” said Mrs Flem­ing, who was able to get a fair way up the road be­fore the other driver caught up and rammed them.

“Roy said just put your foot down and go. Then, all of a sud­den, th­ese bright lights came closer and closer and he rammed into the back of us.”

She said that there was no chance they were go­ing to stop to find out what the other driver wanted, as Mr Flem­ing de­scribed the con­di­tions as dark with no­body else around.

Luck­ily their car wasn’t pushed off the road, but the crazed driver fol­lowed them all the way back to Wonga.

Mrs Flem­ing said it took a minute to com­pose her­self and called the po­lice af­ter they thought they were in the clear.

“Ab­so­lutely pet­ri­fied. I was shak­ing from it.”

The Flem­ings de­scribed the other car as an older-model Toy­ota LandCruiser, cream coloured with round head­lights and spot­lights on the front. The ve­hi­cle may have dam­age at the front from the Flem­ing ve­hi­cle’s tow bar.

Mr Flem­ing said it was lucky there was no fur­ther dam­age or in­juries.

“We could have been killed. We’re so grate­ful that we’re still here to tell the story.”

Snr Sgt Matty Smith of Moss­man Po­lice said po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing, and wanted to “high­light that road rage be­hav­iour will not be tol­er­ated and per­pe­tra­tors can ex­pect po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate and take ac­tion to the full ex­tent of their pow­ers. “We en­cour­age vic­tims not to re­tal­i­ate but to gather in­for­ma­tion that could lead to a suc­cess­ful in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in­clud­ing ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion and driver de­scrip­tion.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion that could help is en­cour­aged to con­tact Crimestop­pers on 1800 333 000.


Roy Flem­ing shows the dam­age to his car rammed by another driver be­tween Moss­man and Wonga on Tues­day.

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