Warn­ing af­ter mo­torist al­legedly punched

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - GE­ORGE BLOCK

A MAN who al­legedly punched an­other mo­torist out­side a Dunedin busi­ness dur­ing a road­rage in­ci­dent was let off with a warn­ing by po­lice yesterday morn­ing.

Po­lice were called about 10am to a re­ported as­sault in a car park out­side a Craw­ford St auto parts store.

Speak­ing to the Otago Daily

at the scene, the al­leged vic­tim said he was driv­ing north on the South­ern Motorway near Look­out Point, when he changed lanes.

While he de­nied cut­ting any­one off, he said the ma­noeu­vre ev­i­dently an­gered the driver of a large brown mo­torhome, which be­gan fol­low­ing him close be­hind as the pair trav­elled to­wards Dunedin.

‘‘He was on my arse all the way into town.’’

The driver said af­ter both ve­hi­cles stopped in the Repco car park, the man in the mo­torhome ex­ited his ve­hi­cle, walked up to his car and be­gan film­ing with his cell­phone, all the while re­mon­strat­ing with him.

The mo­torhome driver then al­legedly punched the man in the face. The man said he backed off, not want­ing a fight.

‘‘I don’t re­tal­i­ate these days. It wouldn’t be a good fight.’’

He did not ap­pear to have been in­jured.

Af­ter this, the mo­torhome driver left the scene as po­lice were be­ing called.

While two of­fi­cers were in­ter­view­ing the driver and a wit­ness, the mo­torhome re­turned to the scene, and the al­leged as­sailant spoke to po­lice.

A po­lice spokes­woman said that the driver of the mo­torhome was warned for threat­en­ing be­hav­iour.

Dunedin po­lice (03) 471­4800, Crimestop­pers 0800 555­111.


At the scene . . . Po­lice in­ter­view the al­leged vic­tim (left) and a wit­ness in the Repco car park in Dunedin yesterday morn­ing fol­low­ing an al­leged road­rage in­ci­dent.

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