Officials: Suspect in Peoria freeway shooting possessed meth

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Christopher Hoffman (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) Christopher Hoffman (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
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PHOENIX (AP) -

A man suspected in a drive-by shooting on a metro Phoenix freeway last weekend possessed methamphetamine when he was arrested and told state police that people were following him, according to court documents released Monday.

Christopher Joel Hoffman, 36, likely is not connected to a recent string of freeway shootings on Phoenix-area freeways that have rattled drivers, authorities said. The seemingly random shootings between Aug. 22 and Sept. 10 involved bullets or projectiles but did not seriously injure anyone. A man was arrested in four of the 11 incidents last month.

Hoffman has acknowledged shooting at a vehicle Saturday morning on Loop 101 in Peoria, Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said. A man in a tan pickup truck pulled alongside a vehicle and fired at least four shots, shattering the driver's side window and a rear passenger window, police said. No one was hurt.

DPS officials said witnesses and tips from the public helped them track down Hoffman, whose bail was set at $300,000 at an initial court appearance. He does not have an attorney yet who can speak on his behalf.

[READ: DPS detectives arrest suspect in SR 101 road rage shooting]

Hoffman had a "usable amount of methamphetamine" when he was arrested and told authorities that several people he had seen in prison may have been following him, according to court documents released Monday.

Authorities said Hoffman is on parole for misconduct involving weapons and drive-by shooting.

He has been booked on suspicion of drive-by shooting, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a dangerous drug, disorderly conduct and other charges.

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