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Crazed driver leaves man fearing for life

A FRIGHTENING road rage incident left a Westbrook resident scared for his life when a crazed driver smashed his windshield and threatened to run him off the road.

Jamie Cowling said he was left terrified as his work commute quickly became a nightmare experience.

"He was out of control. You could see in his eyes he just wanted to cause damage," Mr Cowling said.

"I thought I was going to die.

"Who knows what he would've done had I got out of my car."

Driving his work truck down Drayton Hill, Mr Cowling said the driver of a black Toyota Camry attempted to run him off the road.

"I was doing 90kmh as I drove home and this red P-plate driver began tailgating me before speeding alongside and swerving at my truck," he said.

"I took the Westbrook turn-off and he was waiting for me. He raced ahead of me again and slammed on his brakes forcing me to stop.

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Road rage incident near Westbrook, Jamie Cowling had his truck damaged by an out of control driver, who punched his windscreen. The car had Victorian number plates. Photo: Bev Lacey / The Chronicle
Road rage incident near Westbrook, Jamie Cowling had his truck damaged by an out of control driver, who punched his windscreen. The car had Victorian number plates. Photo: Bev Lacey / The Chronicle Bev Lacey

"He then got out of his car and began punching my driver's side door before punching and smashing my windshield."

Mr Cowling said it was the ugliest incident he has ever experienced on local roads.

"I still can't believe what happened," he said.

"I called the police straight away however by that time the other driver was long gone.

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"The forensic crash squad came out to do fingerprinting and DNA swabs which will hopefully help them find who did this."

The 37-year-old said he hopes his ordeal reminds drivers to stay calm when on the roads.

"You hear more and more stories of road rage on local roads. It is just ridiculous," he said.

"I don't know what would've happened had I got out of my car. He could have been carrying a knife.

"That's the main message I have learnt from this experience is staying in the car is the safest thing to do. You just don't know what they are going to do next."

Topics:  road rage toowoomba westbrook



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