Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

{FLORIST RAMMED IN HIGHWAY ROAD RAGE} {Couple Drive for Their Lives as 4WD Rams Their Vehicle}; Gracemere Couple Want Offender Arrested after Their Terrifying Ordeal

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

{FLORIST RAMMED IN HIGHWAY ROAD RAGE} {Couple Drive for Their Lives as 4WD Rams Their Vehicle}; Gracemere Couple Want Offender Arrested after Their Terrifying Ordeal

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Byline: Hayley Webb tmbully@capnews.com.au

AS a four-wheel-drive deliberately rammed Bob Matthews' car from behind, his terrified wife in the passenger seat was calling police on her mobile phone.

It was like a scene out of a Hollywood movie but the drama unfolded on a 100kmh stretch of the Capricorn Highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere.

The Gracemere couple's ordeal, in which they say their vehicle was rammed another two times at speed before being sideswiped, is now under police investigation.

The encounter has left Alison Matthews too terrified to get behind the wheel and frustrated that no one has been brought to justice more than a month after the incident.

The nightmare began when Bob, 65, and Alison were on the way home from their Rockhampton florist business on December 9.

After overtaking a Nissan Patrol 4WD, they say their 2006 Holden Viva station-wagon was rammed from behind, despite them travelling at the speed limit.

Confused, the Matthews continued along the stretch before their vehicle was rammed a second time.

"I thought that the other driver may have been having a medical emergency and needed assistance," Bob said yesterday.

"I pulled over to the side of the highway to help the guy out."

It was only after the dark-blue 4WD with heavy-duty bullbar, sped up and passed the Matthews' car that Bob said he realised the other driver was not in trouble, but using his vehicle as a weapon.

Bob told The Morning Bulletin that he thought it was necessary to get the offending vehicle's details, so while his terrified wife dialled triple 0, he passed the 4WD in the next overtaking lane.

It was at this point, Bob said, they were rammed for the third time.

"My wife was hysterical and the police were on the phone trying to ascertain our position."

Nearing the Gracemere exit, the 4WD, towing a trailer, once again sped up, mounted a traffic island and drove his vehicle into the rear driver's side door of the Matthews' car.

"I thought he was trying to flip us."

Due to the force of the collision, the Matthews' car veered to the left and the 4WD then took the Gracemere turnoff. …

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