Road rage accused claims video 'a fake'

MATT CAMPBELL
Last updated 16:25 20/12/2012
Fairfax Australia

A man who allegedly attacked the car of another driver in a frightening chase through the streets of Brisbane claims the video of the incident is a "fake".

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The man at the centre of a shocking road rage video that has become a viral hit claims it is a fake.

The 21-year-old Brisbane man fronted police for questioning over the matter and was met by a journalist from Australia's Channel 7.

He told the reporter: "You get a video and you get everything. If you make a fake. A fake video."

He made no further explanation of his claim.

Police have said investigations are on-going and no charges have been laid yet.

Ken Olsen a former policeman captured his terrifying ordeal on a dashboard-mounted camera as the unidentified driver in a Nissan Navara repeatedly crashed into his vehicle near Brisbane.

Olsen told Channel 7 he thought he was going to die after the crazed driver smashed his front windscreen with his fists.

The drama began when he felt his vehicle get hit from behind at an intersection in Cornubia last Saturday afternoon.

Over the next few minutes, the driver of the Navara repeatedly hit Olsen's vehicle, at one point slamming on the brakes and causing Olsen to run into the back of the ute.

"He'd crashed into my vehicle so many times I was convinced [my ute] was going to stop going, and I thought once my vehicle is not going, I have no protection, this bloke is going to kill me," Olsen said .

Olsen contacted Queensland Police as the attack was taking place, with the operator warning him not to stop and to drive straight to the nearest police station. Every time he tried to get to a station, the other driver would either crash into him or attempt to push him off the road.

"I can't. He keeps cutting in front of me and cutting me off," Olsen told the operator.

Olsen was forced to drive on the footpath a number of times.

"Thankfully no people were using it. Normally on weekends people are walking their dogs, pushing prams, cycling," he said.

The footage also shows a female passenger waving her arms from the passenger's seat of the Navara and yelling at Olsen.

The drama ended when the driver of the Navara stopped, ran towards Olsen's ute, leapt over the bullbar onto the bonnet, and punched in the windscreen. The offender then fell off the bonnet.

Olsen sped away and the engine of his ute seized just as he arrived at a police station.

"I've never been happier to be somewhere," he said.

"This has shaken me. It's something that you don't expect and it's something that's very difficult to deal with. How do you deal with somebody trying to . . . kill you on the road? I'm struggling," he said.

According to Channel 7, the driver of the other vehicle has contacted police and plans to turn himself in.

A spokesperson from the media unit of Queensland Police told Fairfax Media the matter was still under investigation.

"No-one has been charged at this stage. It's still an ongoing investigation at the moment."

Police are calling for witnesses who may have seen the incident to come forward, and have released pictures of another ute they suspect may have seen the initial incident that provoked the attack.

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