An Alton teen is charged with felony aggravated battery after he allegedly bumped chests and pushed a 77-year-old that yelled at him to slow down. 19-year-old Tyler M. Bates (pictured, top) of the 1,600 block of Rock Spring Drive was the passenger in a truck that sped past a home in the 2,800 block of Ridgedale Drive in Godfrey last Friday. Investigators say the truck stopped, and the two occupants yelled profanities at the elderly man before Bates got out of the truck to confront the man.
The elderly man was not hurt, and he was able to get the license plate number. Police eventually tracked the truck to a house in the 500 block of Ridge Street in Alton. The owner of the truck, 21-year-old Christina L. Hurley (pictured, bottom), was arrested on a Failure to Appear traffic warrant out of Collinsville. Police say her brother, 20-year-old David L. Hurley (pictured, middle) of the 4,900 block of Paris Drive in Godfrey, was driving the truck at the time of the incident. He and Bates allegedly got into a confrontation with deputies as they were being arrested. Captain Mike Dixon of the Madison County Sheriff's Department says the two were unpleasant to deal with.
It is an automatic felony to batter anyone over 60 years of age in Illinois. Bates' bond was set at $40,000. David Hurley was charged with criminal damage to property.