Accident leads to road rage charges

AMY MAAS
Last updated 05:00 25/01/2013

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Two South Auckland men and a teenager allegedly went on a road rage rampage in Royal Oak assaulting another motorist with a bar stool and alcohol bottles.

Two unemployed men, aged 33 and 18, appeared at the Auckland District Court yesterday charged with common assault, assault with a weapon, and wilful damage. 

The older man was also charged with driving with excess breath alcohol and dangerous driving.

A 14-year-old was referred to Youth Aid.

Senior Sergeant Hirone Waretini said the alleged attack happened about 10.30pm on Wednesday on Mt Smart Rd after a minor accident.

It's alleged after the accident the trio approached the driver of the other car involved "in an aggressive manner".

The group then followed the motorist as he made his way to a well-lit car park for safety and "attempted to punch" him.

"The victim, fearing for his safety, tackled one of his attackers and ran to a nearby liquor store seeking refuge," Waretini said.

The men allegedly followed him into the store and "armed themselves with bottles from the store and assaulted the victim".

Waretini said the man escaped and ran into a tavern across the road from the Royal Oak roundabout. 

The trio followed and one allegedly threw a bar stool at him, hitting him in the face.

"Security and patrons aided the victim by removing the offenders. The driver returned to the vehicle while the remaining attackers returned armed with a stick and rock," Waretini said.

The "rock-wielding offender" allegedly threw the rock at the tavern, picked up two bottles from the ground and threw that at other patrons standing in front of the tavern.

The victim sustained "superficial injuries".

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