Road rage charges


Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Myles Peter­son

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.

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