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Shocking footage captures road rage driver punching woman in face

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Both the man and the woman involved in the road rage incident have been charged. Photo: Facebook
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New South Wales Police are investigating a shocking road rage incident after footage emerged on social media of a man punching a woman in the face.

The incident at Lake Macquarie on the NSW Central Coast was caught on camera on Monday, appearing to show a man violently assaulting a female driver.

Dwayne Pillidge, who captured the encounter, wrote on Facebook the attack came after the woman had thrown several items out of her car at the man’s ute.

Doyalson lake macquarie today. This is after the woman in the front car was tossing things from her window at his car.I don't care what your reason, it is not ok to hit a woman.

Posted by Dwayne Pillidge on 2017年7月23日

In the video, the pair can be seen getting out of their respective vehicles at a red light, with the man approaching the woman at the passenger door of her ute.

The woman appears to have her arms folded as the man approaches and punches her forcefully in the face.

She is seen holding her face as she re-enters the vehicle, as the driver reverses quickly towards the man as he heads back to his own vehicle, scaring him off the road.

Police were alerted to the vision when it was posted on Facebook on Monday evening and confirmed on Tuesday they were investigating the altercation.

The woman has since taken to social media to explain the incident, admitting she had “thrown nails at his car”.

“Then I threw a chisel at his car and smashed his car window,” she posted.

Another post read: “I smashed his window after he punched me. Let people make a judgment.”

Then in another post, the woman claimed the altercation started after the man had “tried running us off the road with a five-month old baby in the car”.

Tuggerah Lakes Chief Inspector Colin Lott said the level of violence apparent from the footage was “totally unacceptable”.

“Assault of any sort is unacceptable, but especially assault to a female.

“It depicts a male walking up to a female and punching her in the face. Assault of any sort is unacceptable, especially assault to a female.

“If you have a problem with somebody in a road rage situation, somebody has done something wrong, the appropriate channel is to inform the police and let us deal with the matter, not to take it into your own hands,” Chief Inspector Colin Lot told media on Tuesday.

“And as I stated, assault of any kind is not acceptable, especially assault of a female. It won’t be tolerated.”

No formal complaint made

ABC reported that police had confirmed that a woman who identified herself as the victim had contacted police but has not yet made a complaint or statement.

Without that, Chief Inspector Lott said police were not able to press charges.

“We’re seeking any further footage, anybody who has further footage or further information to provide that to us or contact us,” he said.

“We believe some of that information is forthcoming and we’re hoping that the female does come forward to give us a formal statement today.”

Police are also encouraging the man involved to come forward.

“We’re seeking any further footage, anybody who has further footage or further information to provide that to us or contact us,” he said.