Finger gesture sparks road rage



ONE little gesture with the middle finger sparked an out of control road rage incident that ended up in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday.

Sau Saumalu, 29, pleaded guilty to committing a public nuisance offence, driving without due care and attention, as well as wilful damage.

The court heard the incident began about 5.40pm on February 3, when Saumalu was driving along Rosella Street with his partner and two children.

Saumalu became incensed when he believed another motorist gave him the finger.

He stopped his car across both lanes in front of the other motorist's vehicle near the Blain Drive roundabout and got out and approached him.

The other driver became startled, reversed and then drove around him.

The court heard a chase ensued along the Dawson Highway, with Saumalu ducking and weaving in and out of traffic.

He drove down the bus lane near Stockland Gladstone and again blocked the other motorist's passage at the turning lane to the complex. Saumalu then struck the window of the other vehicle, before kicking his rear view mirror off.

A number of alarmed witnesses saw the incident and called police, Const Morris saying Saumalu then picked up the mirror and struck the other vehicle with it three times.

The 29-year-old truck driver and father of three then left the scene, police later locating and charging him.

Magistrate Graham Pitt called Saumalu's actions 'pretty damn stupid'.

He said he couldn't understand why Saumalu didn't just dismiss the finger gesture and go about his business.

Saumalu was convicted and fined $600.



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