Two New Plymouth drivers - one a taxi driver - had to be pepper-sprayed to stop them fighting on the roadside.
The scrap resulted from a road rage incident after the two were speeding through Northgate and one cut the other off.
Former taxi driver Peter John Holden, in his 40s, yesterday pleaded guilty in the New Plymouth District Court to dangerous driving and fighting in a public place about 9pm on July 3 on Devon Rd.
Judge Gerard Lynch said Holden became angered after he believed a car behind him was tailgating.
He tried to shake the other car, accelerating to 95kmh in a 50km area with the other car continuing to drive closely behind his taxi.
The following car tried to pass Holden on the inside lane but Holden accelerated in front of the passing car, forcing it to stop on a layby.
Holden had left his car on the road and other traffic had to move around it.
The two drivers got out, exchanged words, and began fighting. Police arrived and when the two did not stop fighting, both were pepper-sprayed and arrested.
Police prosecutor Kerry Prendergast said the other driver had also been charged.
The judge told Holden it was poor driving, especially from a professional driver.
Holden was currently on a benefit suffering fractured ribs and a lung condition, the judge noted.
Holden was ordered to carry out 50 hours community work on light duties, disqualified from driving for six months and fined $350 plus court costs for fighting.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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