Two men arrested after road rage leads to retaliation

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File photo / NZ Herald
File photo / NZ Herald

A Northland husband is accused of bashing a quad bike driver who forced his wife and five children off the road and into a ditch.

Sergeant Nira Kingi of Whangarei police said a Maungakaramea man was arrested last night and charged with injuring with intent to injure, unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and driving while disqualified, following an earlier incident on Ormandy Rd, Maungakaramea.

He said about 4pm yesterday a woman was driving down Ormandy Rd with five children in her vehicle while a man was driving a quad bike on the road in a dangerous manner.

Mr Kingi said the man's driving forced the woman's vehicle off the road and into a ditch.

The woman drove to her nearby home and told her partner what had happened. A short time later the man on the quad bike drove down the road again and the woman's partner followed the man to his home.

Mr Kingi said at the address the woman's partner allegedly assaulted the quad bike driver.

The alleged assault continued for a few minutes, leaving the quad bike driver with concussion.

Mr Kingi said the woman's partner allegedly took the man's quad bike, purportedly to pay for any damages caused by his partner's vehicle crashing into the ditch.

The man on the quad bike has not been charged with any offences at this stage.

The husband is yet to appear in court.

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