Road rage charges
MAN ACCUSED OF RECKLESS DRIVING INCIDENTS IN SHEPPARTON DENIED BAIL
A man faced Shepparton Magistrates’ Court yesterday following an alleged series of road rage incidents on Saturday that police said left some motorists ‘‘traumatised’’.
Simranjeet Singh, 28, faced 14 charges, with the most serious of these being reckless driving endangering death and reckless driving endangering serious injury.
A third indictable charge alleged Mr Singh endangered the life of an emergency worker.
The charges resulted from an alleged series of offences that covered Broken River Dve and Wyndham St before ending north of Shepparton when the car Mr Singh was allegedly driving broke down, allowing police to arrest him.
Police allege before Mr Singh’s arrest, he used the car he was driving to ram another vehicle.
The court heard the alleged victims were not known to Mr Singh.
‘‘He has no regard for the safety of others . . . a number of victims were extremely traumatised,” Constable Talon Fullarton told the court.
Prosecutor Kevin Taggart asked Const Fullarton if Mr Singh had given any reasons for the alleged rampage.
‘‘He says he only answers to God,’’ Const Fullarton said.
The court heard following an 80 km/h chase along Wyndham St with the accused allegedly ‘‘weaving through traffic’’ and running a red light at Nixon St, the pursuit continued north, reaching speeds of up to 120 km/h on the highway.
Police said Mr Singh overtook other vehicles using the emergency lane and brandished an iron bar out his window.
The car Mr Singh was allegedly driving suddenly started blowing smoke and decelerated rapidly.
When the car came to a halt, Const Fullarton said he approached the passenger side door and ordered Mr Singh to exit the vehicle, which he failed to do.
Const Fullarton said it eventually took four police officers to remove him from the vehicle.
Magistrate Peter Mithen denied Mr Singh bail and remanded him in custody.
‘‘I am satisfied that to release you on bail would create an unacceptable risk,’’ he said.
The case will return to Shepparton Magistrates’ Court next month.