Car prang turns into violent car-jacking

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 16:34 04/02/2013

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A nose-to-tail prang turned into a violent car-jacking during a road-rage incident in Christchurch at the weekend.

Four people were assaulted and had their car, wallets and cellphones stolen by the occupants of the car they hit.

Members of public who tried to intervene were also attacked.

Detective Sergeant Al Lester said the incident, in Russley Rd about 11.30pm on Saturday, was a case of road rage getting ''way out of hand''.

Lester said the crash was a low-impact nose to tail where the occupants of the two cars were ''complete strangers''.

"Members of public stopped to assist and were also assaulted," he said.

Two men had been charged with robbery. More arrests were likely, he said.

The victims suffered minor injuries.

Lester said the normal course of events after a minor non-injury crash was for the people involved to exchange phone numbers and insurance details.

''There's no need for violence,'' he said.

Lester said two men in their early 20s had been arrested in relation to the incident, one on Sunday and the other today.

Both men appeared in the Christchurch District Court today charged with robbery.

No pleas were entered.

Were you there or do you know someone who was? Phone The Press newsroom on 943 2684 or email reporters@press.co.nz

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