Driver says angry trucker shunted his car

MATT RILKOFF
Last updated 05:00 10/04/2014
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ANDY JACKSON
John Pitman said the driver of a J-Swap truck repeatedly shunted into the back of his white Volkswagen

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A New Plymouth engineer is appealing for witnesses of an alleged road rage incident on the city's busiest road.

John Pitman said the driver of a J-Swap truck repeatedly shunted into the back of his white Volkswagen station wagon as he drove along Northgate between the Quality Hotel Plymouth International and Te Henui bridge at around 12.30pm yesterday.

"It's a pretty intimidating thing to have a huge truck taking up your whole rear vision mirror," Pitman said.

The car suffered superficial damage to its rear bumper, though a full mechanical evaluation of the damage from the alleged shunting has not been carried out.

Pitman said he believed the truck driver had "an anger management issue" because the alleged incident took place after Pitman changed lanes in front of him on Courtenay St, even though he indicated his intention to do so for at least 200 metres.

"He was obviously playing chicken with me. He had the opportunity and knew I was wanting to turn right and he chose to close up the gap," he said.

At Waiwhakaiho he pulled over and let the truck pass and then followed it for about seven kilometres along State Highway 3 to a service station at the Corbett Rd intersection.

In the meantime he had used a hands free phone to call the incident in to the police. An officer soon arrived where the pair had stopped.

Pitman said the driver denied he had shunted him on purpose and claimed he had not seen the car. It was this denial that prompted Pitman to appeal for witnesses.

J-Swap transport manager Ian Wilson said he had no comment to make on the incident, which was in the hands of the police.

Witnesses can call police on (06) 759 5500.

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