TEMPERATURES boiled over during a fit of ‘flood rage’ when a pedestrian was attacked by a driver who was splashing towards him on a rain-hit Hampshire road.
The walker used a waving hand signal to urge the motorist to slow down as his car was roaring along a flooded road.
But the driver instead came to a halt and leapt out of his car before throwing a punch at the man.
The assault happened on the A272 at Bramdean, near Alresford, and came as Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery, pictured below, slammed the “unbelievable behaviour” of “joyriders” on waterlogged roads.
“Luckily the resident said the driver only managed to connect with his torch, which hopefully must have hurt his hand, before he ran back to his car and drove off,” Mr Hollingbery said.
“It was quite a shocking incident for him to be involved in and unfortunately he didn’t get enough time to take down his registration number.
“On Saturday, again in Bramdean, we watched a sports car drive so quickly through flood water it actually aquaplaned and ended up travelling sideways across the road before mounting the verge and finally gaining control before speeding off.”
He said there was another incident in which drivers were “joyriding” down the flooded East and West Streets in Hambledon at speeds of up to 40mph “just for the thrill”.
He added: “This is a truly stupid thing to do in around 5in of water as it causes a bow wave and even more flooding of properties. This is inconsiderate and illegal, and people should have more sense.”