Road rage leads to attempted murder charges

n-RODNEY-LEE-SCOTT-largeAP — A Tennessee man is charged with two counts of attempted murder for allegedly shooting a motorcyclist several times and backing his SUV into another — after almost hitting them as they exited an interstate. Circumstances surrounding this Tennessee road rage threat are still hazy, but on-site police officers are stating that the motorcyclists waved their arms and began shouting obscenities after Scott almost hit them on the turn. For their part, the bikers, Tyler Lakin and J.R. Trisler, said they were very nearly driven off the highway.

Rodney Lee Scott, 61, of 2705 Mary Emily Lane,  was jailed on a $1 million bond, the Knoxville County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Martha Dooley said she did not know if Scott had a lawyer.

The confrontation took place on Monday, December 16,  on the same street where Scott was charged with stopping a car and assaulting a passenger in 2002, according to police records.

When the motorcyclists began waving their arms after Scott nearly hit them, first he made obscene gestures, then stopped his SUV in the street and backed into J.R. Trisler, knocking him over, the police statement said. He was charged with fleeing the scene.

A witness stopped to help, and the three followed Scott to his house and called police, the statement said. While they were waiting in the street for police to arrive, neighbors told deputies that Scott, who is white, shouted racial slurs at the motorcyclists, one of whom is black. Scott then went into his garage and came out shooting at the men with a gun in each hand, the police statement said.

The sheriff’s department says Scott missed hitting Trisler, but struck Tyler Lakin, 23, three times in the back and once in the wrist and continued firing at him as he lay in the road. Lakin was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition Tuesday afternoon.

Scott also is charged with attempted assault and leaving the scene of an accident. Other charges are pending the outcome of blood-alcohol tests. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office says there are more witnesses to the incident. KCSO asks anyone who saw what happened to contact detectives at 865-215-2243.

The charges against Scott in 2002 were dismissed after he successfully completed probation, according to records from the sheriff’s office.


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