- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A driver was arrested on charges of shooting at another motorist on a freeway in metro Phoenix in a road-rage dispute that didn’t result in any injuries.

Nashid Mateen, 40, of Chandler didn’t have any prior contact with the victim in Tuesday’s shooting in eastern Tempe and wasn’t believed to be involved in other freeway shootings in the metro area, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

The shooting occurred after Mateen slowed down on the Loop 101 freeway because of traffic and the victim then pulled ahead of Mateen, investigators said.

Mateen is accused of speeding up to the victim’s vehicle and making aggressive gestures.

The victim threw his hands up and yelled at Mateen, who pulled out a gun and fired several shots as the victim was trying to get away, authorities said.

The victim’s vehicle was struck several times, but no one was injured.

Mateen was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, drive-by shooting and other counts. It’s not yet clear whether Mateen has an attorney.

The metro area has experienced several freeway shootings over the last 15 months. Authorities are still investigating a total of 11 freeway shootings in late August and early September of 2015. No one was seriously injured.

A man was arrested in four of the shootings, but those charges were dismissed earlier this year.

A woman also was fatally shot on State Route 51 on Sept. 7 as she was being chased by three men in a pickup truck. Dinya Farmer died at a hospital after she crashed into a freeway median. No arrests have been made in her death.

There was no indication the attack on Farmer was related to the 2015 freeway shootings or a 2016 series of shootings largely on or near residential streets.


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