Man charged over 'racist' road rage incident in Manurewa

Police have charged a man after chaotic road rage incident at an Auckland petrol station last week.

The 54-year-old faces four charges including assault and dangerous driving.

On Monday 11 February a driver was filmed ploughing into a man on the Manurewa Mobil forecourt before crashing into a parked car and attempting to flee.

On the Facebook page "Waikato Admins", the driver is described as a "racist truck driver" who was allegedly driving drunk and calling the young men on the forecourt "n******".

The woman who uploaded the video told Newshub it started when the driver caused a scene "due to not liking brown people", before punching one man in the head.

"It was a racist attack, the white guy started it all," she said while alleging the driver was high on "some kind of drug or alcohol".

She also said as the driver attempted to flee to his car, one of the men punched him.

Another witness Newshub spoke to said, while he wasn't sure what started the attack, he saw a group of men beating up an older man, who then got into his car and tried to ram the group.

"It looked like he was lost. They had bashed him... probably why he jumped in his car 'cause he was scared," said Chief Toby, who noted there were nine men in the group.

After the driver crashed his car attempting to flee, the video shows the men approaching the car and the driver, who has visible injuries on his face, yelling "you're not moving anywhere bruh" at the man.

While police didn't provide details, they confirmed to Newshub an altercation had taken place before the road rage incident captured in the video.

The accused is due to appear in the Manukau District Court on March 4. Police say enquiries are continuing and further charges could be laid.

Anyone who had witnessed the incident or had footage of it to contact the Counties Manukau Station on 09 261 1300.


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