A ROAD RAGE attacker ripped off a van’s wing mirror leaving the driver terrified.
David Veck has spoken out about his ordeal in an effort to help police with an investigation to trace the attacker.
The 26-year-old plumber was driving out of his home in Fishery Lane on Hayling Island when another driver took offence to him pulling out.
Mr Veck claimed the ‘crazed’ motorist chased him along Rails Lane and Selsmore Road, twice using his vehicle to block the road.
Leaving his car, the alleged offender then began hurling abuse at the 26-year-old, before he kicked and punched Mr Veck’s van, ripping off the vehicle’s wing mirror.
Mr Veck said: ‘I was a bit shaky. I was scared. He was just completely off the rails.
‘The whole thing felt like it took an hour – it felt like forever. But it was probably only five to 10 minutes.
‘He did this handbrake turn in the road and blocked it off.
‘I was bewildered. I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know if he was coming to apologise or what. There was no real reason for him to do what he did. Normal people don’t react like this.
‘It’s not something anyone I know would do. It was crazy.’
Mr Veck, who had been on his way to work in London, said he suffers from sciatica, a nerve condition that leaves him in constant pain and has affected his confidence.
‘I’m not the man that I once was,’ he said. ‘I have sciatica. It affects the whole of the right side of my body. Although I’m a big chap I don’t feel confident I could defend myself.’
Police are now investigating the incident and are appealing for witnesses.
The attack took place on Monday, June 12, between 6.45am and 7.10am.
Officers describe the man as white, about 5ft 10ins tall, wearing a red shirt with a shaved or bald head. He appeared to be aged in his 40s and spoke with a local accent. He was driving a white Vauxhall Astra estate/van.
‘We are investigating the incident and reviewing CCTV footage in the area and having a look at possible dash cam footage,’ a police spokesman said.
‘Anyone who saw the Astra in the area at the time should call 101 quoting reference number 44170222568.’