Wild footage has revealed the moment a driver began hurling abuse at Barnaby Joyce’s security team on the side of a busy highway on Friday.
The deputy prime minister was driving along the New England Highway along with staff toward his electorate office in Armidale in NSW’s Northern Tablelands before the encounter unfolded.
Mr Joyce was also being tailed by a security car with three Australian Federal Police officers inside.
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It’s understood Mr Joyce pulled over his car to the side of the busy highway to take a call on his phone, before a passing SUV made a U-turn and headed toward Mr Joyce’s vehicle.
A quick thinking officer then jumped out of the security car and ran in front of the SUV, forcing it to stop just 30 metres from Barnaby Joyce.
The video, published by The Daily Telegraph on Saturday morning, shows the driver confront the officer and begin to scream verbal abuse at him and Mr Joyce.
“Get out of the f***in’ way you dog,” he begins to yell.
“Get the f*** out of my face you maggot c***.”
A female passenger in the man’s car then tries to intervene before the driver begins to shout more abuse at the officer.
“C’mon, c’mon on ya c***. You piss weak c***,” he yelled.
The officer remains silent as he stares down the driver, who then retreats back into his vehicle.
The incident was referred to NSW Police, but no charges have been laid.
Barnaby Joyce has since praised the actions of his security staff for their quick thinking.
“This was a sad and unsavoury incident, which in no way reflects how the majority of Australians participate in our democracy,” he said.
“I thank my protective detail for their bravery in keeping myself and my staff safe. This will be dealt with through the appropriate processes.”