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Road rage attack charges laid over alleged assault on Perth taxi driver


A man has been charged over the alleged assault of a Perth taxi driver at a busy intersection in early January.

A 33-year-old from Martin will appear in Armadale Magistrates Court on February 24 accused of bashing the cabbie and choking him.

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The charges stem from an incident at the intersection of Tonkin Hwy and Mills Rd in Martin, in Perth’s southeast, on January 3.

Footage captured from another driver showed flying fists and one man left in a heap on the ground about 2.30pm.

Armadale detectives say a Toyota Hilux had earlier been driven extremely close behind a VW Passat, with the Toyota driver accused of recklessly and dangerously tailgating the VW even after it changed lanes to move out of the way.

Police said the Toyota eventually overtook the VW before braking heavily and bringing both vehicles to a stop, with both drivers getting out of their cars.

“It will be alleged the driver of the Toyota punched the driver of the VW to his face several times and placed him into a headlock, restricting his ability to breathe,” WA Police said in a statement on Friday.

“After collapsing to the ground, it will be alleged the victim was further assaulted.”

Armadale detectives made an arrest on Thursday before charging a 33-year-old with assault occasioning bodily harm, impeding another person’s normal breathing and reckless driving.

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Source: 7News