Run-in with bearded road rager terrifies P-plater
A YOUNG Toowoomba woman says she was terrified when a big, bearded road rager jumped from his utility and punched her car - all because she was obeying the law.
The P-plate driver, who did not want her name published, said she was following the speed limit while returning to Toowoomba from Roma on Monday's Labour Day public holiday.
Not that it should matter, but police were out in force and she had spotted numerous speed traps during the four-hour journey.
No one took offence with her safe driving approach until she arrived in the Garden City.
"Once I had entered onto Greenwattle St a man driving a white HiLux was getting closer and closer to me to encourage me to speed," she said.
"I would not do so. This angered him.
"He stayed at a very unsafe closeness to me and continued it. I reached roadworks which are a 40kmh zone.
"He was not impressed. He swerved side-to-side and all the while adjusting his lights to high beam."
The young woman turned onto Alderley St where the man drove up beside her and abused her through his window "until he nearly had a head-on with another vehicle", she said.
"He went back to driving behind me, staying ever close," she said.
"I reached the traffic lights at the intersection of Alderley St and Anzac Ave.
"There was nowhere I could go. There was already a car waiting for the lights to go green."
Then things stepped up a notch.
The P-plater said the man left his child in his HiLux ute and started approaching her car on foot.
She tried to drive forward to encourage the driver ahead to take off as soon as the lights turned green, but to no avail.
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"The large man walked up to my door and tried to open it," she said.
"When he realised it was locked he started to abuse me and then punched my door.
"The light went green and he sped off, narrowly avoiding oncoming traffic.
"I was not able to get his number plate to contact the police."
In a testament to the majority of Toowoomba drivers, the young woman said two witnesses quickly came to her aid after the man raced away.
"After he drove off one very lovely gentleman stood and talked with me until I was okay," she said.
"The other person, a young P-plater who was beside me when the incident occurred, did a u-turn and came back to check on me.
"Thank you to those beautiful people who waited with me until I was safe to drive again and to the P-plater who followed me most of the way home so I was safe."
The alleged road rager was described as being a large man with a big ginger or brunette beard in his late 20s or early 30s, driving a white Toyota HiLux work utility with a blue logo on the side.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.