A driving-related dispute that escalated into thrown rocks and broken windows ended with one man’s hand bloodied in Forest Park on Tuesday, March 22.
Officers were dispatched to Jackson Boulevard near Circle Avenue a little after 4 p.m. where they found the occupants of a Buick sedan and red van outside their vehicles. The driver of the Buick said that the van driver cut them off on Interstate 290 and the van’s driver then began throwing rocks at the sedan.
The Buick driver said he exited the highway at Desplaines Avenue in an effort to drive to the Forest Park police station, but the van followed. When both vehicles were stopped at a red light at Desplaines and Jackson, the van’s driver allegedly got out and punched the Buick’s rearview mirrors and the windshield, shattering all three.
The van driver, who was found bleeding from his right hand, denied throwing rocks and breaking the windows, but did not have another explanation for his bloody hand. He also said it was the Buick that cut him off on the highway, not the other way around.
The van driver was cited for driving with suspended registration and driving without insurance.
This information was obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.