Update to the road rage story

johnboy 25 May 2011 38

Last week we ran a story about a road rage attack which gained a lot of attention.

We can now report that the story is being taken very seriously by the highest levels of ACT Policing.

The story author, gmckay424, has been asked to get in touch with police about pursuing it. (He should check the email addy used to open his RiotACT account for details on who to get in touch with).

We’ve decided to remove the rego details for now.

UPDATE: 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.”


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cleo cleo 11:03 pm 25 May 11

Maybe this is a job for RAPID, it would be much safer that way, not vigilantes taking over.

Evil_Kitten Evil_Kitten 6:24 pm 25 May 11

Yep, all possible. I was just saying that there were other mentions of them thats all, in response to the poster that said there wasn’t. Post #1 may well be bullshit… but it was still another mention.

Erg0 Erg0 11:09 am 25 May 11

Evil_Kitten said :

Huh? We must have been reading different threads – the first mention is in post #1!! You yourself posted a possible sighting in post #17. Read post #24, #31, #66, #98. That’s just skimming back, CBF reading the whole thing again. Are you sure you actually read the thread??

Couple of things:
1. It’s possible, even likely, that there’s more than one silver Commodore SS with P plates getting around Canberra.
2. Speeding/dangerous driving is not really similar to road rage.
3. The plural of “anecdote” is not “evidence”.

Looking at the other reported sightings you mention:

#1 is a first-time poster who is coincidentally on hand to immediately corroborate the story. Hmmm.
#17 is “a silver SS with P plates” driving dangerously.
#24 matches the description, but I’m assuming the poster didn’t check the plate since their sighting occured before they read the story.
#31 is a confirmed sighting from a prior post by someone who has been on the site for a little while, but it only reports that the car was speeding, not road raging.
#66 is much the same as #24.
#98 reports road rage specifically, but only describes the car involved as a “late model silver Commodore”.

Aside from those, there are some people who’ve misread “SS” as “HSV”, and a guy who thought “late model” meant “old”. It certainly looks like one or more silver late model SS Commodores are being driven recklessly by P platers in the ACT, but I doubt anyone finds that particularly surprising.

The facts of the original story is yours to assess, but I’m not sure that the corroboration that you (and others) have seen in the comments is really there.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 9:35 am 25 May 11

bigpete86 said :

i think its true i have been harrased numerous times by p platers and seen it they have a licence to kill

A provisional license to kill?

bigpete86 bigpete86 8:13 am 25 May 11

i think its true i have been harrased numerous times by p platers and seen it they have a licence to kill

bigfeet bigfeet 6:29 am 25 May 11

thatsnotme said :

Why do ACT Policing now need to rely on him checking his email to progress this – surely the police should have more than enough details on record to contact him (or his wife) directly?

The fact the police are trying to contact the OP via Riotact, the lack of a police media release, and the complete absence of the OP since posting lead me to believe that the matter was probably never reported to the police in the first place.

It’s not uncommon for people to make up stories to their spouse to cover up the fact that they were doing something they do not want said spouse to know about.

Tooks Tooks 10:55 pm 24 May 11

thatsnotme said :

I don’t get this. In the original story, gmckay424 said that the police attended the scene after the attack, and took details. Why do ACT Policing now need to rely on him checking his email to progress this – surely the police should have more than enough details on record to contact him (or his wife) directly?

Read between the lines. It was obviously never reported to police.

Anna Key Anna Key 9:47 pm 24 May 11

thatsnotme said :

Why do ACT Policing now need to rely on him checking his email to progress this – surely the police should have more than enough details on record to contact him (or his wife) directly?

Was it Godwin Grech?

Evil_Kitten Evil_Kitten 7:02 pm 24 May 11

Huh? We must have been reading different threads – the first mention is in post #1!! You yourself posted a possible sighting in post #17. Read post #24, #31, #66, #98. That’s just skimming back, CBF reading the whole thing again. Are you sure you actually read the thread??

LeatherJen LeatherJen 6:20 pm 24 May 11

http://www.ls1.com.au/forum/showthread.php?t=149147

A petrolhead colleague pointed me to this.

kezzafezza kezzafezza 6:06 pm 24 May 11

At about 1pm today, I was driving along Hindmarsh Dr through Woden and just after Athllon Dr I saw a late model silver Holden Commodore SS, with red P plates. It was on the middle of the grassy medium strip. No one was in or near it, it was just sitting there. I drove back past a touch after 4pm and it wasn’t there anymore. I didn’t get a look at the rego and I didn’t want to rubberneck and cause an accident, there was a lot of traffic around.
It might have been the same car from the now infamous incident?

Tooks Tooks 4:27 pm 24 May 11

Evil_Kitten said :

I hardly think it’s made up these people were spotted doing similar things at other times, and were actually mentioned in a previous RA thread?

I can’t remember seeing any mention of the same people doing similar things. There was one other mention of the same rego, but nothing else.

Jethro Jethro 8:00 pm 23 May 11

Evil_Kitten said :

I hardly think it’s made up these people were spotted doing similar things at other times, and were actually mentioned in a previous RA thread?

I’m not necessarily sure this is the case either. Just putting the idea out there. Some evidence would suggest it could be the case.

p1 p1 6:58 pm 23 May 11

After the classic water cooler chat at work today, it seems things similar to this happen in Canberra a whole lot more then I ever would have thought. It also seems (amongst my wool mates at least) that people don’t bother reporting these things (although they assure me they would if it reached the damage/violence stage).

Evil_Kitten Evil_Kitten 5:53 pm 23 May 11

I hardly think it’s made up these people were spotted doing similar things at other times, and were actually mentioned in a previous RA thread?

Jethro Jethro 5:31 pm 23 May 11

Maybe the story was made up and it is the false allegations that are being taken very seriously?

Curioser and curiouser.

CanberraGirl19 CanberraGirl19 5:13 pm 23 May 11

thatsnotme said :

I don’t get this. In the original story, gmckay424 said that the police attended the scene after the attack, and took details. Why do ACT Policing now need to rely on him checking his email to progress this – surely the police should have more than enough details on record to contact him (or his wife) directly?

Maybe they need him to provide the case number so they know what case he’s talking about in the OP, or they need to get more information from him.

I hope they do catch the mongrels though, I know I’d be terrified if that happened to me and I hate to think of people like that out on the roads.

LeatherJen LeatherJen 4:45 pm 23 May 11

If this story now has some profile with the police then that is a good outcome. They can sort this out.

Beserk Keyboard Warrior Beserk Keyboard Warrior 4:43 pm 23 May 11

gmckay424’s silence is rather self-incriminating. If it turned out he made the whole thing up could he be charged with an offence?

Spideydog Spideydog 2:51 pm 23 May 11

Jivrashia said :

Tooks said :

The original story is full of holes and I have a theory about why he may have posted it, but I’ll give the guy the benefit of the doubt and see what the next update is. Should be interesting…

It seems you’ve read something that I have completely missed.

One of the occupants then struck the rear quarter window with one of their weapons with such force that it shattered showering glass all over our 4 month old baby, who was in a baby capsule in the back seat.

I for one am pretty satisfied with the information provided. It either happened, or the OP is lying, which I find hard to believe.

Things aren’t just black and white. There is also embellishing stories, not telling the whole story, telling half truths …….. (I am not insinuating this is the case in this story either) The only people that know EXACTLY what occurred, are the ones DIRECTLY involved in this incident.

It appears it is being investigated, so hopefully there is a resolution to the matter.

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