A motorist was forced off the road after being rammed twice
in a suspected road rage incident.
Police say the woman was driving south on Johns Rd in
Christchurch around 7.45pm on Tuesday when she slowed to
drive through a section of roadworks.
A white four-wheel-drive came rushing up behind her near the
roundabout at Sawyers Arms Road and slammed into her rear.
"The driver reports that she braked, and skidded as her
wheels locked up," says Senior Constable John Moore of the
Christchurch Road Policing Unit.
The four-wheel-drive backed off before accelerating again,
hitting the rear her dark green Nissan hard for a second
"The impact caused the Nissan to drift sideways and onto the
side of the road. The car tipped over, but fortunately landed
back on its wheels without rolling over," said Mr Moore.
The woman's car came to rest about 300 metres north of
McLeans Island Road, opposite The Press printing plant.
The four-wheel-drive vehicle left the scene without slowing
It may have turned right onto McLeans Island Road.
"The driver was not hurt but was very shaken by the incident,
which appeared to be totally unprovoked," said Mr Moore.
"The only thing the driver has done was to slow down -
correctly - for road works.
"This incident could easily have resulted in serious injuries
to the victim and to other road users."
Police believe there were two occupants in the
The driver is described as a clean-shaven Caucasian in his
20s, and the passenger is described as a Caucasian woman of
similar age, with long blond hair.
Investigators have spoken to the driver of the Nissan and to
another witness, but are appealing for additional
"We know there were other witnesses, and we would like to
hear from them as soon as possible," Mr Moore said.
"We're also seeking help from anyone who can help identify
the white four-wheel-drive vehicle, or its occupants."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Senior Constable
John Moore on (03) 3637336 or Christchurch police on (03)
Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously by
contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.