A MAN and woman were assaulted in a road rage incident on a residential Mount Gambier street on January 5, with police seeking public help to identify two men involved in the altercation.
A learner driver and their parents were driving on Union Street at around 4.45pm on Tuesday when two men allegedly walked onto the road, causing the driver to brake heavily.
An altercation between the men and the occupants of the car occurred, resulting in two of the occupants, a 46-year-old woman and 53-year-old man, being assaulted.
The two men then left the area on foot.
Police are looking to identify anyone who may have witnessed the assault or can provide any information to identify the two men on foot.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au – you can remain anonymous.
DRINK DRIVER LOSES LICENCE
A MOUNT Gambier man has lost his licence for a minimum of 12 months after he was detected drink driving on January 4.
Just before 7.30pm, a motorist contacted police after witnessing a silver Holden Commodore sedan with accident damage and a flat tyre travelling on Thomson Street, Mount Gambier.
Police located the vehicle and breath tested the male driver.
The 32-year-old man was reported for drink driving after he allegedly returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.208 – more than four times over the legal limit.
The man’s vehicle was impounded for 28 days, his licence disqualified for 12 months and he will also be summonsed to appear in the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court at a later date.
“This driver’s behaviour could have resulted in devastating consequences not only himself but other road users,” Mount Gambier Senior Sergeant Natasha Elliott said.
“It was sheer luck he was not involved in a serious crash due to his extremely high blood alcohol reading.
“Lives lost on our state’s roads can often by attributed to drink driving, which this driver totally disregarded on this occasion.”
South Australian Police urge drivers who are thinking about drinking to plan ahead and consider alternative options, including nominating a designated driver, organising alternative transport or staying overnight at the venue.
“We would like to thank the members of the public for their assistance in reporting this matter to us,” Snr Sgt Elliott said.
“When we work together with the community in this way we can achieve greater results in road safety for the local community.”
DRIVER CAUGHT AT 152KM/H
A VICTORIAN man has been fined after he was caught travelling 50km/h over the signed speed limit near Wolseley on January 5.
At about 6.50pm police Highway Patrols were conducting speed detection duties on the Dukes Highway when they detected a car travelling at 152 km/h in the 100 km/h zone.
Police were able to stop the car and speak to the driver, a 25-year-old Victorian man, who was issued with a $1780 fine, which attracts nine demerit points as well as losing his licence on the spot for six months.
TEENAGER MAKES FALSE THEFT REPORT
A teenager was reported after alleging his car was stolen in the early hours of December 28.
Around 2am, police attempted to stop a car on Beach Road, Beachport but the driver failed to stop and speed off. Police did not pursue the vehicle.
Later in the morning the driver allegedly attempted to report his car stolen.
The 19-year-old man was reported for driving in a dangerous manner, failing to stop and making a false report to police.
He will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.
His car was impounded for 28 days.
VACANT HOUSE DESTROYED IN FIRE
AN ESTIMATED $200,000 damage was caused to a vacant Powell Street house during a fire which remains under police investigation.
Police and fire crews responded to reports of a house fire on the Mount Gambier street at 5pm on Monday, December 28.
The house, which is vacant and has been abandoned for some time, sustained significant damage in the fire.
There were no reports of injuries.
Fire cause investigators flew from Adelaide to examine the scene.
Anyone who saw anyone near the vacant property in recent days or has any information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au.