Traffic controller attacked by ute

A DRIVER was so incensed by roadworks on the Ipswich Motorway that he attacked a traffic controller in a violent rage.

The driver, Client Theuerkauf, was on the on-ramp to the Ipswich Motorway at Riverview when a traffic controller's bat accidentally hit his Toyota Hilux utility.

Theuerkauf, 29, hopped out of his ute and threw several punches at the traffic controller, managing to hit him on the side of the head.

The man fell to the ground and Theuerkauf's ute rolled backwards towards him – the tray was positioned over the controller's body and a wheel nudged his back before Theuerkauf was able to run back and pull the handbrake on.

The victim told his attacker to wait for police to arrive but Theuerkauf argued with him before fleeing.

Just 10 minutes later, at 9.10am, he was caught by police.

Theuerkauf told police he was “angry at a lack of signs at roadworks” and said the victim had hit his vehicle with a traffic controller bat.

Client Miles Theuerkauf pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm and was fined $1500 with a conviction recorded.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist told Theuerkauf he needed to control his temper. “There are roadworks everywhere,” Mr Stjernqvist said.

“It's only your absence from the court for the last seven years that's convinced me not to send you to jail today.”

Mr Stjernqvist said road-rage offences required deterrent sentences and media attention to prevent others from behaving in a similar manner.

“Getting out of a car was the worst thing you could've done, let alone what you did after that,” he said.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said his client, a father of two, regretted his actions and did not have a bad criminal history.

“There's no suggestion of any significant injury suffered by the complainant,” Mr Fairclough said.



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