Couple’s N3 road rage terror

2009-08-08 00:00

A CATO Ridge couple got the fright of their lives on Wednesday night when a shot was fired at them as they were travelling home from the city on the N3.

This time it was not a “blue-light” driver who frightened them out of their wits, but seemingly a man in a private car.

Anne-Marie (46) and Danie Labuschagne (44) said they were driving in the fast lane on the southbound carriageway of the N3 just past the Liberty Midlands Mall at around 6.50 pm when a Toyota 4x4 approached their car from behind, and the driver began flashing his lights.

“I couldn’t move over because there were other cars in the way, but when I could, I moved into the slow lane,” said Danie.

After the car had gone past, Danie moved into the fast lane, but the Toyota moved into the slow lane, and the cars drew level. Danie said he could see that the driver was a white man in his early 20s, with dark hair.

Anne-Marie said the driver of the Toyota kept flashing a light at them, which came from inside the bakkie’s cab: something like a hunting light.

She said one headlamp on his car was not working properly.

As the Toyota approached the New England Road off-ramp the driver rolled down his window.

Anne-Marie said to Danie, “I’m sure that’s a gun,” as she saw what the man held in his hand.

He yelled at her to duck and they heard a shot go off.

The shocked couple immediately pulled over and examined the car for damage.

“It was too late to take his registration number, but he had NP licence plates. My wife was very scared. He planned it so he could fire the shot and have an escape route off the freeway,” said Danie.

Danie said that while they were lucky they were not hit by the bullet, people on the other side of the highway could have been hurt, or an accident may have occurred.

“I was in a bad state,” admitted Anne-Marie yesterday morning. “I don’t know what kind of game he was playing.”

Danie said he would be reporting the incident to the police.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said police would open cases of attempted murder and reckless and negligent driving.

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