‘Mate, do you want to die?' Father bashed with metal bar in road rage attack

A Perth father has been left with broken bones after he claims he was bashed with a metal bar during a shocking road rage attack.

Nursing a broken cheekbone and eye socket, Mark Cartledge is speaking out because he wants police to catch his attacker.

Mr Cartledge pulled out in front of a car on Maida Vale Road, High Wycombe on Wednesday. He said he didn’t see the car but knew he was in the wrong.

“I tried to speed up and I put my hand up to say sorry,” he said.

Perth dad Mark Cartledge claims he was bashed with a metal pole during a road rage attack in Perth. Source: 7 News
Perth dad Mark Cartledge claims he was bashed with a metal pole during a road rage attack in Perth. Source: 7 News

But the driver was having none of it. He followed Mr Cartledge and tailgated him for a couple of kilometres before he pulled over on Edney Road.

He tried to get out of the car but the man attacked him. Mr Cartledge said he was hit about four times with a metal bar – possibly a tyre iron.

“All he said was, ‘mate, do you want to die? Do you want to die, mate?’” Mr Cartledge said.

The man eventually got back into his car and drove off while Mr Cartledge nursed a bloody face.

Midland Detectives Senior Constable Luke Gobby said people needed to be calmer on the roads.

“Take five seconds, take a break and think, ‘is this really worth it?’ Because it could be someone’s life,” he said.

The man is described as fair skinned, with a stocky build, aged in his 30s with a bald head and an English or Scottish accent.

He was driving a white Toyota Prado.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page.

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