We’ve all had our moments of feeling some degree of road rage at one point or another. Rodney Lee Scott took his rage to a whole different level. The Tennessee man is currently being held on a $1 million bond for attempted murder.
The incident occurred on Monday when Scott’s SUV nearly hit two motorcycles on the interstate. The drivers of the motorcycles waved their arms at Scott who then responded with an obscene gesture. He then backed his vehicle into one of the motorcyclists.
Scott then fled the scene and drove back to his house. The men on the motorcycles followed him there and called the police. That is when Scott went totally ballistic. It is reported that Scott began shouting racial slurs and came out of his garage carrying two guns.
The sheriff department confirmed that one of the motorcyclists, Tyler Lakin, was shot four times, three times in the back and one time in the wrist. Lakin was taken to the hospital and is currently in stable condition.
This isn’t Scott’s first experience with road rage. In 2002, he was charged with assault. However, those charges were dismissed after he completed the terms of his probation.
Currently, no agency keeps an official record of road rage incidents. However, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, reports of “aggressive driving” have increased about 7% each year since 1990. Whether a driver gets angry for being cut off or getting behind a vehicle driving too slow in the left lane, many of these “road rage” occurrences result in injury or even death.
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