Group chased by re­vers­ing car, threat­ened — claim

Otago Daily Times - - FRONT PAGE - GE­ORGE BLOCK ge­orge.block@odt.co.nz

A MAN al­legedly high on drugs, who drove at 50kmh in re­verse down a Dunedin street as he pur­sued an­other ve­hi­cle in a road­rage in­ci­dent yes­ter­day, re­mains at large.

Speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity, a woman driver sub­jected to the man’s late­morn­ing rage said the in­ci­dent be­gan shortly af­ter 11am, in Columba Ave, Cal­ton Hill.

As she trav­elled down the nar­row street in a ute, ac­com­pa­nied by her fi­ance and an­other per­son, the man in a red Mazda Fa­milia hatch­back ap­proached their ve­hi­cle ‘‘in the mid­dle of the road’’, she said.

When the man pulled along­side their ute, he stopped his car, then re­versed down the street at speeds of up to 50kmh in an ap­par­ent back­wards pur­suit.

He then spun his ve­hi­cle around and con­tin­ued fol­low­ ing their ute to­wards the South­ern Mo­tor­way, head­ing north, she said.

As both ve­hi­cles reached Look­out Point, the man stopped his ve­hi­cle and got out. He then re­peat­edly punched the ute the woman was travel­ ling in, she claimed.

The group kept driv­ing.

The man re­turned to his Mazda and con­tin­ued to fol­low them.

At this point, he be­gan yelling out the win­dow of his ve­hi­cle and wav­ing a tyre lever, she said.

The woman said he ap­peared to be ‘‘high as a kite’’.

‘‘I’ve never seen any­thing like it.’’

She be­gan re­mon­strat­ing with the man from the win­dow of the ute. ‘‘I wasn’t hav­ing that.

‘‘I said, ‘I’m call­ing the po­lice. You’re a psy­cho’.’’

At this point the man drove off, she said.

A po­lice spokes­woman con­firmed they re­sponded to re­ports of a male driver punch­ing a ve­hi­cle, but he had fled by the time they ar­rived.

She un­der­stood he was still at large.

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