Road rage rattles family


A terrified Arrowtown family had their car forced off the road several times by a man acting “erratically”, police say.

They only escaped after a passerby intervened.

Acting sergeant Terry Wood, of Queenstown, says two people and an overseas visitor were allegedly assaulted during the incident in Wiltshire St about 7.45pm.

A man using his vehicle to exercise a dog got into an altercation with the occupants of another vehicle carrying three adults and three children.

It escalated to the point that the dog-walker chased the other vehicle and forced it off the road three or four times, Wood says.

The offender, who claimed to be an Arrowtown resident, allegedly assaulted the vehicle’s three adult occupants.

They weren’t injured, Wood says, but minor damage was done to the vehicle when the man struck it with his hands.

Wood: “It’s not a pleasant experience for anyone to go through.”

The man was behaving “very erratically”, Wood says. “He was already wound up about something.”

Police are investigating and charges are likely.

Otago Daily Times