Alex Fider, Tennessee VA hospital psychiatrist, shoots up car on highway – charged with road rage

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Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee)
August 21, 2006
Psychiatrist charged in ‘road rage’ shooting
By Mike O’Neal

Psychiatrist Alex Fider

Psychiatrist Alex Fider

A psychiatrist was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with three counts of aggravated assault following a road rage incident, according to Tennessee Department of Safety spokeswoman Julie Oaks.

The incident occurred about 12:17 p.m. CDT on eastbound Interstate 24 as two vans were driving down Monteagle Mountain, Ms. Oaks said.

A Nissan Quest carrying an adult and two 11-year-olds from Tullahoma, Tenn., was exiting the freeway when three shots were fired from a Dodge Caravan, with at least one round striking the Nissan, Ms. Oaks said.

She said the Nissan’s driver pulled back onto the freeway, gave chase and called the Tennessee Highway Patrol to report what had happened.

THP Trooper John Scissom stopped the Dodge near Kimball, Tenn., and reported finding three spent shell casings in the vehicle’s glove box and a pistol under the passenger seat, Ms. Oaks said.

Dr. Alex Abelardo Fider, a psychiatrist at the veterans hospital in Murfreesboro, Tenn., a passenger in the van being driven by his wife, told the trooper it was an act of road rage, according to Trooper Scissom’s arrest report.

Dr. Fider was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and is being held without bond, according to corrections officers at the Marion County Jail.

The doctor is scheduled to appear this morning in Marion County General Sessions Court for a bond hearing, jailers said.

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