A further update on the road rage story

johnboy 25 May 2011 32

Following the wildly popular and terrifyingly viral road rage story (and update) we’ve had this statement from ACT Policing:

A comprehensive search of ACT Policing indices has yielded nil results for the incident as described.

Police would urge the original complainant in this matter to contact ACT Policing Operations on 131-444.”

We’re somewhat concerned this might have been a very sophisticated spoofing effort with comments pre-seeded months in advance and wonder who did it, and in which academic journal it will appear. But at this stage all we can say for sure is we really don’t know what’s going on with this one.

Our sincere apologies to anyone who has been inconvenienced.


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PantsMan PantsMan 7:05 pm 29 May 11

But on the bright side, I bet the owner/son of said Commodore raised some serious ‘doubt’ when his matter finally came to court last week. lol.

Jethro Jethro 2:13 pm 28 May 11

I’m not sure if this is related, particularly considering the somewhat fraudulent nature of the OP describing the ‘road rage’ attack, but I just witnessed a particularly frightening incident on the corners of Ginninderra Drive and Kingsford Smith Drive involving what looked to be a late model silver Commodore.

The car turned right from the new left hand right turning lane off of Ginninderra Drive at an absolutely ridiculous speed (I’m assuming in an attempt to fishtail) and completely lost control. It spun out across both lanes of Kingsford Smith Drive, somehow missing by inches three other cars turning the corner at the same time, and then mounted the nature strip, upon which it proceeded to drive along at breakneck speed, continuing to perform fishtails. I really don’t know how the other cars managed to avoid being collected, but they are lucky they did because at the speed he was going the results would have been pretty messy.

I didn’t get the number plate as I was a fair distance away (and before anyone asks the police didn’t say anything as I didn’t report it… not much use reporting something if you don’t have a number plate. Hopefully the drivers who were nearly collected and would have had a very close view got the number plate and reported it).

Could it be that the OP has witnessed the original car driving like a maniac and made the story up in order to bring this guy to attention? Or maybe he just chose the Silver Commodore for his story because there are simply lots of dickhead drivers of silver Commodores in Canberra and he figured this would make his story more believable?

I don’t know, but I can certainly say there is definitely at least one silver Commodore on our roads that is a statistic waiting to happen.

The Frots The Frots 10:13 am 27 May 11

Captain RAAF said :

The Frots said :

Thumper said :

Credit to Tooks who called bullshit on this one quite early I believe.

+1 Agreed.

My money is still on there being an element of truth in it! I’m still on the lookout!

Yeah, the car seems to be coming up a fair bit with the odd ‘aren’t they bastards’ post. But the absence of important details like ‘police involvement’ doesn’t blow my skirt up I’m afraid. If your out there Captain, be careful!

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 10:01 am 27 May 11

The Frots said :

Thumper said :

Credit to Tooks who called bullshit on this one quite early I believe.

+1 Agreed.

My money is still on there being an element of truth in it! I’m still on the lookout!

The Frots The Frots 7:41 am 27 May 11

Thumper said :

Credit to Tooks who called bullshit on this one quite early I believe.

+1 Agreed.

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 6:02 am 27 May 11

tonkatuff82 said :

The story does sound a bit extreme. But the car does exist and its driver is a douche bag. Traveling from Western Creek on Hindmarsh drive I regularly see this idiot and his reckless driving. Last wednesday he overtook me on the wrong side of the road as I slowed down in order to turn left off Hindmarsh.

I suspect the OP had similar experience or two and used the post as some kind of outlet… But then, I fell for it hook, line and sinker… So what do I know :/

facet facet 7:40 pm 26 May 11

amarooresident3 said in #19

“How do we know this is true? Is it part of the whole elaborate plot?

How can I trust the internet anymore?”

You can’t trust the internet suggest you go back to the main stream media and start buying the “Telegraph” and “The Australian” they would never “make stuff up”.

Thumper Thumper 6:56 pm 26 May 11

Credit to Tooks who called bullshit on this one quite early I believe.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 6:23 pm 26 May 11

You can stick the story in your Funk & Wagnalls then…

Keijidosha Keijidosha 4:53 pm 26 May 11

Erg0 said :

The Traineediplomat said :

If you can’t trust the internet, you’ll have to go back to Encyclopedia Britannica

…but Wikipedia told me that Encyclopedia Britannica is full of errors!

[citation needed]

p1 p1 4:27 pm 26 May 11

Erg0 said :

The Traineediplomat said :

If you can’t trust the internet, you’ll have to go back to Encyclopedia Britannica

…but Wikipedia told me that Encyclopedia Britannica is full of errors!

So who do you believe?

Erg0 Erg0 4:06 pm 26 May 11

The Traineediplomat said :

If you can’t trust the internet, you’ll have to go back to Encyclopedia Britannica

…but Wikipedia told me that Encyclopedia Britannica is full of errors!

The Traineediplomat The Traineediplomat 4:00 pm 26 May 11

amarooresident3 said :

tonkatuff82 said :

The story does sound a bit extreme. But the car does exist and its driver is a douche bag. Traveling from Western Creek on Hindmarsh drive I regularly see this idiot and his reckless driving. Last wednesday he overtook me on the wrong side of the road as I slowed down in order to turn left off Hindmarsh. It’s a shame he isn’t really public enemy #1, be he is definitely another Mully in the making

How do we know this is true? Is it part of the whole elaborate plot?

How can I trust the internet anymore?

If you can’t trust the internet, you’ll have to go back to Encyclopedia Britannica

amarooresident3 amarooresident3 1:00 pm 26 May 11

tonkatuff82 said :

The story does sound a bit extreme. But the car does exist and its driver is a douche bag. Traveling from Western Creek on Hindmarsh drive I regularly see this idiot and his reckless driving. Last wednesday he overtook me on the wrong side of the road as I slowed down in order to turn left off Hindmarsh. It’s a shame he isn’t really public enemy #1, be he is definitely another Mully in the making

How do we know this is true? Is it part of the whole elaborate plot?

How can I trust the internet anymore?

tonkatuff82 tonkatuff82 12:44 pm 26 May 11

The story does sound a bit extreme. But the car does exist and its driver is a douche bag. Traveling from Western Creek on Hindmarsh drive I regularly see this idiot and his reckless driving. Last wednesday he overtook me on the wrong side of the road as I slowed down in order to turn left off Hindmarsh. It’s a shame he isn’t really public enemy #1, be he is definitely another Mully in the making

The Frots The Frots 12:44 pm 26 May 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Hank said :

creative_canberran said :

The story doesn’t add up:

1. At the right turn, the lanes merge soon after. To be tailgated, wife’s vehicle would have had to speed ahead of other vehicle.
2. At turning lane, wife’s vehicle pulled up beside instead of behind, unwise if vehicle was driving dangerously anyway.
3. If wife’s car got far ahead and it took a few kilometers for aggressive vehicle to catch up, extremely high speed must have been involved by wife, again, unwise.
4. If it took a few kilometers for them to catch up, wife should have reached AMC or the Servo already if going south on Monaro Highway.

This was surely a prank. Given the problems with the facts above though, it was not well thought out.

A bit late now to point this out.

Credit to Frots for being on to this first. Can’t believe I was suckered in. Well played OP, well played.

Hey CSRI, there were a few I think – and don’t worry about being ‘suckered in’ initially – hell, I was right in there! Just really curious now as to what this was about, why post this????

Sadly, if we get another which is in fact genuine, we will all have in the back of our minds what happened here. The potential for this site to help the community is enormous – and it gets threatened when this type of fool does this. And why?

Damn………………..I want to know!!!

bean bean 12:39 pm 26 May 11

If it wasn’t aimed specifically at a real person (the car owner or family), then perhaps it was a planned piece, maybe a school assignment on how to use social media? Or someone doing a psychology or journalism course, with an assignment on manipulation?

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 9:57 am 26 May 11

Hank said :

creative_canberran said :

The story doesn’t add up:

1. At the right turn, the lanes merge soon after. To be tailgated, wife’s vehicle would have had to speed ahead of other vehicle.
2. At turning lane, wife’s vehicle pulled up beside instead of behind, unwise if vehicle was driving dangerously anyway.
3. If wife’s car got far ahead and it took a few kilometers for aggressive vehicle to catch up, extremely high speed must have been involved by wife, again, unwise.
4. If it took a few kilometers for them to catch up, wife should have reached AMC or the Servo already if going south on Monaro Highway.

This was surely a prank. Given the problems with the facts above though, it was not well thought out.

A bit late now to point this out.

Credit to Frots for being on to this first. Can’t believe I was suckered in. Well played OP, well played.

The Frots The Frots 9:56 am 26 May 11

Tooks said :

The Frots said :

Well, I think we started to smell something wrong early in the threads when we didn’t get a response to our request for an AFP Job number. If it’s a ‘scam’, then it’s a complex one obviously done for some reason.

Whatever, we do need to know what and why I think.

I suspect the car is real and that the driver of the car pissed off the author of the OP. He thought ‘what better way to elicit sympathy, community support and outrage all in one than to make up a story about four hooligans attacking my wife and baby.’

Notice he asked for any information to be passed onto him and not the police? Hmmm.

Good points – we really do need to understand what happened here!

Tooks Tooks 9:53 am 26 May 11

The Frots said :

Well, I think we started to smell something wrong early in the threads when we didn’t get a response to our request for an AFP Job number. If it’s a ‘scam’, then it’s a complex one obviously done for some reason.

Whatever, we do need to know what and why I think.

I suspect the car is real and that the driver of the car pissed off the author of the OP. He thought ‘what better way to elicit sympathy, community support and outrage all in one than to make up a story about four hooligans attacking my wife and baby.’

Notice he asked for any information to be passed onto him and not the police? Hmmm.

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