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Palos Man Attacks Car After Driver Takes Wrong Turn

Ronald Mathiss, 55, of Palos HIlls is charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage to property, police say.

A woman who took a wrong turn down a dead-end street ended up with a busted car.

The driver had turned onto Westwood Drive at about 2 p.m. on Oct. 13. without realizing the road ended, according to a Palos Hills police report. She had pulled into a driveway near 10900 S. Westwood Dr. to turn around, when a man came toward her car.

The man, who had a baseball bat in his hands, started yelling profanities at the driver, according to the report. He then started smashing her car with the bat.

Ronald Mathis, 55, of Palos Hills, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage to property.

Mathis is scheduled to appear before a Cook County judge on Nov. 13 in the Bridgeview courthouse.

Police report information is provided by Palos Hills Police. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

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