What happened after the rat tail video that’s got all of Australia talking: cops break their silence
A man with a rat tail hairstyle who allegedly threatened another driver in a viral video managed to flee police on foot, leaving his passenger behind.
Footage of the alleged road rage incident went viral on Saturday after it was shared on social media by Dashcam Owners Australia.
The video shows the man jumping out of his Volkswagen Golf hatchback at a red light in Clayton, Melbourne’s south-east, about 12.30am on October 27.
He could be seen angrily hopping towards the motorist directly behind him while making threatening gestures and shouting.
When he reached the window he started cursing and hitting the other car before suddenly starting to sprint away.
Two police officers were then seen running after him.
The man’s fate remained a mystery until Tuesday, when Victoria Police confirmed a 22-year-old man from Dandenong had turned himself in.
An alleged road rager with a ‘rat tail’ haircut is said to have jumped out of his car on a motorway
The man’s fate remained shrouded in mystery until Tuesday, when police broke their silence
“Investigators have learned that a man aggressively approached a car on the Princes Highway near Clayton Road at around 12.30pm,” a police spokeswoman told news.com.au.
‘While he was protesting to the driver, police approached the 22-year-old.
“He ran away, leaving his vehicle and passenger behind.”
‘He later turned himself in to police and was charged with assault, battery and traffic offences.’
He was granted bail and will appear at the Moorabbin Justice Center on February 6, 2024.
The video was viewed more than 320,000 times.
‘I don’t know what’s funnier. A guy hopping to the car or the cops showing up,” one viewer noted.
Another said: ‘There’s so much to say, and the most important thing is that the choice to skip to the person you’re about to attack is unique.’
A third person added: ‘Hilarious, starts with a jump, ends with a sprint.’
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The traffic light was still red as police officers chased him (photo)