Charges laid over rage in­ci­dent


Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

A FLY-IN, fly-out worker from Sin­gle­ton will ap­pear in the Fre­man­tle Mag­is­trates Court on Wed­nes­day, charged over an al­leged road rage at­tack on the Kwinana Free­way in Suc­cess.

Po­lice charged the 29-year-old man with as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm and crim­i­nal dam­age just a day af­ter com­mu­nity re­leased footage of the in­ci­dent taken on the vic­tim’s mo­bile phone.

Po­lice say the man was a pas­sen­ger in a black Holden Astra be­ing driven ag­gres­sively af­ter an in­ci­dent with an­other driver on the Free­way on­ramp last Oc­to­ber.

Af­ter en­ter­ing the free­way, the Astra pulled up along­side a Ford Fi­esta be­ing driven by a 56-yearold woman.

Po­lice claim the man leant out the win­dow, yelled abuse at the woman and some­thing at her car.

Soon af­ter, the man got out of the car and ap­proached the

threw woman’s ve­hi­cle, shout­ing abuse and try­ing to open her door.

He is then al­leged to have punched the driver’s win­dow, shattering the glass and strik­ing the vic­tim on the right shoul­der caus­ing mi­nor scratches.

Glass was spread through­out the vic­tim’s car.

The man then walked back to the Holden, which con­tin­ued south on the free­way.

Man­durah De­tec­tives, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Roe­bourne po­lice, ar­rested the man last Wed­nes­day and he was charged.

The al­leged in­ci­dent added to a grow­ing list of sim­i­lar oc­cur­rences put in the spot­light in re­cent times.

Road Safety Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey said mo­torists needed to show more cour­tesy to other road users. “In ad­di­tion to as­sault and reck­less driv­ing of­fences, road rage laws en­able the courts to or­der of­fend­ers’ ve­hi­cles to be im­pounded or con­fis­cated,” she said.

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A screen­shot from the al­leged road rage at­tack in Oc­to­ber.

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