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Driver in Ibaraki Prefecture road-rage case handed new arrest warrant on charges of intimidation

JIJI

Police in Ibaraki Prefecture on Sunday served a new arrest warrant on charges of intimidation on a man suspected in a violent road-rage case on an expressway in the prefecture last month.

It is very rare for a suspect in a road rage-linked reckless driving case to face intimidation charges under the Penal Code, which imposes stricter punishments than the Road Traffic Law.

According to investigative sources, the 43-year-old suspect, Fumio Miyazaki, allegedly drove dangerously and stopped the car of a 24-year-old man near the Moriya rest area on the Joban Expressway in Moriya, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Aug. 10.

Miyazaki is said to have then got out of his own vehicle and punched the driver in the face several times, causing him injuries.

The series of acts was recorded by a dashboard camera in the victim’s car, and the police put the suspect on a nationwide wanted list on charges of causing bodily injury to the victim.

Miyazaki was arrested in the city of Osaka on Aug. 18, along with Natsuko Kimoto, his 51-year-old girlfriend, who sheltered him at her apartment.

The suspect has admitted to the charges of inflicting bodily harm on the driver but denied allegations of dangerous driving.

He is also suspected of being involved in reckless driving incidents in Shizuoka and Aichi prefectures, and the police departments of the two prefectures are continuing their investigations.

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