A driver who allegedly tried to run down a Canberra man during a road rage incident has been denied bail.
Mathew Druett, 19, became enraged at another driver after an argument over erratic driving.
He is accused of driving at the man at a Canberra service station in an attempt to run him down.
The man was clipped by the car, but managed to jump out of the way and avoid serious injury.
Magistrate Bernadette Boss said it was lucky no one was killed in the incident, and said Druett could easily have been before the court on a murder charge.
But the court heard his actions escalated after the road rage incident.
Police spoke with Druett, prompting him to arm himself with a metal pole.
He was arrested and faced the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday, applying for bail.
Prosecutor Paul Sweeney opposed Druett's release, arguing his record showed that his violence was escalating.
He said the incident could have ended "extremely badly" for all involved, particularly for Druett.
Druett's lawyer, Kate Bills, said her client was seeking to address anger management problems through counselling.
Ms Bills said there was a concern the man may suffer from mental health issues, which remained undiagnosed.
She said he worked long hours, had no access to a car at his home, and was seeking support for drug and alcohol issues.
Ms Bills said Druett's family was dependant on him, and his partner was willing to provide a $200 surety.
But Dr Boss said she was fearful for other members of the community, given the seriousness of the charges.
She said the prosecution had a strong case against Druett, and that there was a likelihood he would fail to appear before the court again.
Bail was refused, and Druett is expected to face court again later this month.
Dr Boss ordered that he be assessed by mental health workers.