Northern Ireland

'Road rage' attack sparks driver's seizure in Cookstown

The scene of the 'road rage' assault in Orritor Street, Cookstown
Image caption The motorist lost consciousness in Orritor Street, Cookstown, when he was punched by another driver following a row

A driver has had a seizure after he was attacked during a reported "road rage" incident in County Tyrone.

Police said the 34-year-old man was involved in a "verbal altercation" with a man driving a black Audi A4 in Coagh Street, Cookstown on Saturday.

Both men then got out of their cars in Orritor Street, where the Audi driver reportedly punched the victim, causing him to lose consciousness.

Paramedics were called and the man was taken to hospital having had a seizure.

The investigating officer, Constable Cunningham, said officers were called to the area at about 16:35 BST on Saturday.


However, the man who allegedly attacked the victim had left the scene before the emergency services arrived.

The constable said police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the assault or who can help to identify the Audi driver.

He was described as around 6ft 1in tall, and well-built with short, dark hair. He was wearing high-visibility trousers and a black fleece top.

Sinn Féin councillor Ciaran McElhone said the community was in "utter shock".

"Obviously I would like to ask people who witnessed it to come forward.

"Road rage is a serious offence and to leave a man in such a condition in the middle of a busy market street is totally unacceptable."

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