A 27-year-old VIP unit policeman will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday after he allegedly assaulted a motorist, police said on Sunday.

Spokesman Inspector Klaas van der Kooi said the police officer allegedly attacked a motorist in a road rage incident on Friday around 6pm in Villieria, Pretoria.

“The officer bumped the man’s car off the road. He then proceeded to open the door of his victim’s car, pulled him out and attacked him with his fists.”

Van der Kooi said the police officer was arrested shortly after eyewitnesses called the police. He was detained at the Villieria police station overnight.

“The officer was released on a warning on Saturday morning. He will appear on charges of common assault and reckless or negligent driving in court on Monday.”

The victim was taken by an ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was still recovering, van der Kooi said.

According to Sunday’s Rapport newspaper, the victim, auditor and businessman Henk Griesel, 47, had three of his teeth knocked out when the policeman assaulted him with a piece of metal. The officer, a constable, worked for the VIP protection unit in Pretoria.