Baby sprayed with glass in road rage incident
A BABY girl sustained cuts to her face when she, her four-year-old brother and their father were sprayed with glass in a violent act of road rage.
A woman was driving along Ruthven St with her partner, their 12-month-old daughter, four-year-old son, and her mother-in-law when Paul Michael Lee Arrowsmith stepped out in front of their car.
She was forced to brake and words were exchanged between the strangers.
Arrowsmith, 29, punched the rear passenger window where the baby was in her car seat.
Prosecutor Sergeant Karen Kroon said the window shattered and glass sprayed over the two children and their father sitting in the back seat.
Sgt Kroon said the glass penetrated the girl's face and arms and she sustained small cuts to her head.
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Her brother was not physically injured but was stunned and hyperventilating when police arrived. Their father sustained a cut hand.
Arrowsmith appeared in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to wilful damage and three counts of common assault.
The incident happened at 5.15pm on August 14.
Defence solicitor Brad Skuse said Arrowsmith had been at a hotel and was walking home.
Mr Skuse said Arrowsmith thought he had enough time to cross the road and claimed the car sped up as it approached.
Magistrate Damian Carroll placed Arrowsmith on probation for two years.