An Alton man has been charged with battering a 77-year-old man after the older man yelled at him to slow down while driving through a Godfrey neighborhood.
Tyler M. Bates, 19, of 1621 Rock Springs Drive was charged Monday with aggravated battery by the Madison County State's Attorney's Office.
The incident involving the 77-year-old man happened Friday in the 2800 block of Ridgedale Drive in Godfrey.
According to the Madison County Sheriff's Department, the victim and another person were doing yard work when they saw a black truck drive at a high rate past the house.
The victim and the other person yelled at the driver to slow down and, in response, the driver stopped the truck. Two men in the truck yelled and swore at the victim and the passenger in the truck, Bates, got out and bumped his chest against the 77-year-old man then shoved him into a ditch, police said. The victim was not seriously injured and called police to report the incident.
While the victim was calling police, the black truck returned and the driver tore through the yard, damaging it, then fled, according to the police report.
Bates' truck was located at 501 Ridge St. in Alton around 3 p.m. being driven by Christina L. Hurley, 21, who was wanted in Collinsville for failing to appear on a traffic offense.
Hurley told officers the truck belonged to Bates. She also identified the driver of the truck as her brother, David L. Hurley, 20, of 4912 Paris Drive in Godfrey.
Bates and David Hurley agreed to meet with officers in Alton and, after questioning, both were arrested on criminal damage to property and taken to the Madison County Jail.
Christina Hurley was arrested on the Collinsville warrant and released into the custody of the Collinsville Police Department.
Because the victim of the battery was over the age of 60, Bates was charged with an enhanced felony offense. His bond was set at $40,000 and he remains in police custody.
David Hurley was released from the Madison County Jail on a $5,000 recognizance bond for the criminal damage to property charge.