Police are investigating a suspected road rage assault after viewing dash cam footage showing a man punching a woman in the face at Lake Munmorah in New South Wales.
Vision has been viewed by Tuggerah Lakes police which shows a man getting out of his car, walking towards a woman as she stood next to her vehicle and punching her in the face.
Police were alerted to the vision when it was posted on Facebook on Monday evening and "generated a lot of interest" from the public.
The woman took to social media to explain the incident, admitting she had "thrown nails at his car".
"Then I threw a chisel at his car and smashed his car window," she wrote on social media.
Another post read: "I smashed his window after he punched me. Let people make a judgment."
In another post, the woman claimed the altercation started after the man had "tried running us off the road with a five-month old baby in the car".
'It won't be tolerated'
Chief Inspector Col Lott said the level of violence depicted in the footage was totally unacceptable.
"Obviously with any video footage we're only getting a snapshot of the whole incident," he said.
"It depicts a male walking up to a female and punching her in the face. Assault of any sort is unacceptable, especially assault to a female.
"If you have a problem with somebody in a road rage situation, somebody has done something wrong, the appropriate channel is to inform the police and let us deal with the matter, not to take it into your own hands.
"And as I stated, assault of any kind is not acceptable, especially assault of a female. It won't be tolerated."
No formal complaint made
Chief Inspector Lott said a woman who identified herself as the victim in the footage contacted police but has not yet made a complaint or statement.
Without that, he said, police were not able to press charges.
"We're seeking any further footage, anybody who has further footage or further information to provide that to us or contact us," he said.
"We believe some of that information is forthcoming and we're hoping that the female does come forward to give us a formal statement today."
Police are also encouraging the man involved to come forward.
The incident happened on the M1 at the intersection of Elizabeth Bay Drive at midday on Monday.
A witness who saw the assault alerted police, but those involved had left by the time officers arrived.