Pepper spray used in road rage incident: police

A man and a woman have been charged following a road rage incident where pepper spray was used in Tumut yesterday.

About 1.15pm yesterday, officers attached to Riverina Police District attended Capper Street, following reports of a road rage incident.

On arrival, police were told that a 25-year-old man was driving a Mitsubishi Triton. Also in the vehicle was a 27-year-old woman and a 6-week-old baby when they had allegedly become involved in an altercation with the occupants of a Mitsubishi Mazda 6 along the Snowy Mountains Highway a short time earlier outside of Tumut.

While both vehicles were stopped the female driver and male passenger of the Mazda 6 approached the other driver and passenger where the male sprayed them with pepper spray.

Both vehicles have then driven away from the scene.

The Mazda 6, with the occupants – a 20-year-old woman and 27-year-old man – were located by police on Fitzroy Street, Tumut, shortly before 3pm.

Officers searched the Mazda 6 where two cannisters of pepper spray were allegedly located.


The 27-year-old male passenger of the Mazda 6 was arrested and taken to Tumut Police Station. He was charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Tumut Local Court on January 13.

The 20-year-old female driver of the Mazda 6 was charged with one count of possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit and one count of stalk/intimidate intend fear of physical/mental harm.

The woman was granted unconditional bail to appear at the same court on the same day as the man.

There were no reports of serious injuries.

Anyone who may have witnessed, or has dashcam footage of the incident, are urged to contact either Tumut Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800-333-000.

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