Charges in viral road rage assault

MATT STEWART
Last updated 11:28 20/12/2013

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Police have arrested and charged a 19-year-old woman with assault after a video featuring the bikini-clad blonde wielding a screwdriver went viral on social media.

The assault against a victim who has yet to come forward happened on Sunday on the Ewen Bridge in Lower Hutt at around 4.30pm.

The accused spoke with Upper Hutt Police on Tuesday after the video appeared online on Sunday.  

In the footage a woman shouts at another, "You nearly cut my car off, do you know how to drive?"

She demands to see the other driver's licence and then allegedly hit her in the face.

"Police would like to speak to the female victim and a witness that was with her and encourage them to get in contact,'' Senior Sergeant Carolyn McKenzie says 

One social media user, who did not want to be named, recorded the video as it played on her computer screen and shared it on her page, saying she was ''disgusted'' by the woman's antics.

The video has been shared multiple times and attracted hundreds of comments.

McKenzie said the reaction to the video demonstrated how photographed and filmed exploits shared by social media users quickly became ''bigger than Ben Hur''.

 The woman will appear in court next month.

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- Fairfax Media

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