Man caused £2000 damage to car in road rage row

POLICE are hunting a motorist who caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to an Audi when he attacked it in a road rage incident in Edinburgh.

Lothian and Borders police say he damaged the vehicle after carrying out an “extremely dangerous manoeuvre” in rush hour traffic.

The man, who was driving a white Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, drove up behind the black Audi A5 at high speed on the two lane Maybury Road in the capital.

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When the Audi, which was in the right hand lane, would not let him pass he moved into the left hand lane and undertook it, forcing the Audi to stop.

When the Audi continued, the Mitsubishi driver carried out the same manoeuvre, again forcing the Audi driver to carry out an emergency stop.

The man then got out of his Mitsubishi and began punching and kicking the Audi, causing around £2,000 worth of damage before making off.

Lothian and Borders Police appealed for information about the incident, which happened at around 5.30pm on Monday.

A police spokesman said: “Not only was the Mitsubishi driver’s speed entirely inappropriate, particularly during the busy rush hour period, but his actions left the Audi driver extremely shaken and resulted in significant damage to his vehicle.

“There was also potential for other motorists to sustain injury when the Mitsubishi performed an extremely dangerous manoeuvre during heavy traffic.

“Anyone who was in or around Maybury Road and witnessed the Mitsubishi being driven in a dangerous manner, or who can assist in identifying the driver is asked to contact police immediately.

The suspect is described as white, in his 30s with a shaved head and smartly dressed.