Charges after broom mistaken for gun

02:32, Oct 31 2012

A Christchurch man is facing charges after a broom handle he threatened a motorist with was mistaken for a firearm.

The 35-year-old Aranui man will appear in the Christchurch District Court tomorrow charged with common assault and presenting an object like a firearm.

A police spokesman said the incident, which occurred near the intersection of Lyndhurst St and Hampshire St in Aranui last Friday about 9pm, was allegedly sparked by road rage.

It appeared the man followed a 23-year-old man to his home address, the spokesman said.

He said the victim tried to run into his house but was allegedly knocked to the ground and was threatened with what he thought was a single-barrelled shotgun.

It was later found to be a broom handle.

The alleged offender then fled in his car, the spokesman said.

The incident sparked an armed response from police.

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