Central Hunter Local Area Command
Police Charge Man Over Road Rage Incident – Hunter Valley
Police have arrested and charged a teenage “P-Plate” driver with allegedly brandishing a firearm at a female driver during a road rage incident at Maitland in the State’s Hunter Valley.
Officers from the Central Hunter Local Area Command allege a 17-year-old girl was driving along Aberglassyn Road at Rutherford around 10.20 pm on Saturday 6 February, unaware she had activated the high beam on her car’s headlights.
It is alleged that a utility driver in front of her switched positions and began following the 17-year-old.
She told Police both vehicles pulled to the side of the road and the male driver got out and approached her.
It is alleged that he exchanged words with her two passengers, produced a firearm and pointed it at each of the occupants, repeatedly sliding the pump-action loader.
Police allege the man returned to his car and drove off. A short time later Police Officers arrived.
Following further inquiries Police travelled to a home in Avery Street, Rutherford, where they arrested an 18-year-old man.
The man was taken to the Maitland Police Station where he was charged with:
- Use offensive weapon with intent to commit indictable offence,
- Drive vehicle in manner that menaces others with intent,
- Three counts of stalk/intimidate/intend fear of physical/mental harm.
The teenager was granted conditional bail and ordered to appear before the Maitland Local Court on 1 March.