A truck driver who allegedly waged a terrifying armed road rage attack on two women in Melbourne assaulted two others with a baseball bat the next day, court documents allege.
Elten Gevergizyan, 27, allegedly tailgated and side-swiped two women, aged in their 60s, on a freeway near Melbourne Airport on Saturday, before confronting them with a hammer.
It's alleged he chased one of the women and pushed her into a ditch beside the Tullamarine Freeway before hitting the car with a hammer several times and driving away.
Court documents also allege he rammed another car at 100km/h at Epping on Sunday and hit a man and a woman with a baseball bat.
Gevergizyan allegedly assaulted Katherine Robinson and David Robinson with the bat, injuring both of them.
He was arrested on Tuesday and faced Broadmeadows Magistrates Court on Wednesday, sitting in the dock with ruffled dark hair and a goatee.
His defence lawyer Mihal Greener said it was Gevergizyan's first time in custody and he was suffering from drug withdrawal since his arrest.
"He'd like some assistance with ice withdrawal. He's feeling very nauseous," Ms Greener said.
Gevergizyan did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody. He faces 17 charges in total, including assaulting all four people and recklessly causing injury to Mr and Mrs Robinson.
He's also charged with reckless conduct endangering life, making threats to kill and property damage.
The alleged hammer-attack victim Leigh Mahady, 62, and her friend Julie Dougherty, 60, said they thought they would die.
"I tried to get out and run and he chased me and pushed me down this ditch," Ms Dougherty told reporters outside court.
"I thought I was going to die."
The women said they got back in the car and reversed away but as they did the hammer allegedly fell into the back seat, smashing the window.
"He could've killed us," Ms Dougherty said, holding back tears.
Gevergizyan, whose Facebook profile says he owns an excavating business, will seek bail when he returns to court on June 8, his lawyer said.