Road rage raged on in Saanich on Wednesday the second case of driver fury for Saanich police this week when a motorcyclist and a truck driver left their vehicles and duked it out on the Pat Bay Highway.
The fight followed a Monday night scrape in which a 34-year-old man, who was travelling with his four-year-old child, pointed a realistic-looking pellet gun at another motorist after tailgating him on the Malahat.
Police treated the incident as though the gun were real, with several officers eventually closing in on the mans car to arrest him.
Wednesdays incident came after an 8:30 a.m. rear-end collision at Sayward Road and the Pat Bay Highway. The resulting line-up of vehicles had tempers frayed by the time Saanich traffic officers arrived on the scene and were told about a fight that had started 100 metres away.
The confrontation apparently grew out of a commercial truck drivers frustration with a pair of motorcyclists, who were using the shoulder of the road to pass the backed-up vehicles.
The truck driver decided to manoeuvre his vehicle into the bikes path, which prompted one of the motorcyclists to cut in front of the truck and jump off his bike.
When the truck driver got out of his vehicle, the helmeted rider charged headfirst. The truck driver managed a defensive strike that broke the helmets visor.
Neither man wanted to make an assault complaint, said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen, but the motorcyclist involved in the fracas was ticketed for driving outside the restrictions of his learners licence.
Driving on the shoulder of a road, as the motorcyclists were doing, is an offence, Jantzen said. Tickets were not issued in this case.
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