Motorbike rider shatters car window in wild road rage
A FATHER-to-be who followed a driver on his motorbike for more than 10km, threatened to kill them and shattered their car window said anger fuelled him after the driver put his life in danger.
Police prosecutor Amanda Brewer recounted the incident to court, saying Jye Stuart Perry, 24, "abused and intimidated” a driver after they braked heavily at a Warana intersection on February 17.
The court heard Perry followed the driver on his motorbike, with his pregnant girlfriend on the back, and verbally abused the driver, rode off ahead and pulled over to wait for them.
Snr Cst Brewer said Perry missed his turn-off to Mooloolaba to follow the driver to a Maud St intersection where an off-duty police officer watched the incident unfold.
The officer reported Perry rode up beside the driver's side and used a "closed fist to repeatedly move it towards the window in a threatening manner”.
"He pulled up on driver's side window and yelled, 'you nearly f------ killed us. Get out of the car, I'm going to kill you',” Snr Cst Brewer said.
Snr Cst Brewer said the victim stated Perry "punched” the window and they suffered glass cuts.
While Perry told police the driver taunted and laughed at him, he admitted his behaviour was "very out of character” but said motorbike riders were often disrespected on the roads.
"This person put my life, and my partner's life in danger,” he said.
"If I had my time again I wouldn't proceed to do something like this.”
Acting magistrate Stephen Courtney highlighted the risks associated with road rage, saying it could have gone "very badly, very quickly”.
"People on the roads make mistakes and other people need to understand that happens,” he said.
Perry was fined $800 and ordered to pay $468 restitution for the smashed window.
No conviction was recorded.