Road rage victim lays common assault charge

2010-06-14 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG man who said he was assaulted in an incident of road rage this week has opened a case against his alleged attacker.

Carl Freese (25) said he was driving along Victoria Road late on Wednesday morning when a man in a white panel van, who was pulling out of the Builder’s Warehouse parking lot, bumped into his Ford Bantam.

“He pulled in front of me as I was slowing down for the traffic light. I tried to slam on my brakes, but it was too late,” he said. “There’s a small ding on my car — nothing serious — and no scratch on his,” he added.

According to Freese. the man asked, using derogatory language, why Freese was travelling so fast.

“I tried to explain that I wasn’t going fast at all, and that I was actually slowing down for the light,” Freese said.

When Freese asked the man for identification, the man — who Freese said had blonde, receding hair and was of stocky build — became aggressive and began swearing.

“Then he just walked over to me and slapped me hard three times on the left side of my face,” said a shaken Freese. “After that he pulled my car keys from my hand threw them into my car and slammed the door. Then he got into his car and just drove away.”

Freese said he was in shock after the incident, but had the presence of mind to lay a charge at the nearest police station.

Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed a case of common assault has been opened.

Jeevan added that the South African Police Force is in possession of the alleged assailant’s licence plate number, and will be looking into all aspects of the matter.

“The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated,” she said.

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