A man with two flat tires told police officers that he was heading north on Ridgeland when he had to stop abruptly to avoid hitting the car in front of his car.
Diamond Rodriguez Vazquez was the driver of the car behind him and she allegedly began honking her horn, according to the victim’s statement to the police. The victim claimed that Vazquez then pulled her car into the left lane next to his car, began yelling at the victim, and swerved her vehicle to the right causing the victim to serve and hit the curb, flattening both passenger side tires.
Vazquez allegedly pulled her car in front of the disabled car and jumped out of her vehicle. The victim claimed that Vazquez was threatening him and struck him in the head with her fist numerous times. The victim claimed that he tried to record the “fight” on his cell phone but Vazquez grabbed the phone, threw it to the ground and stepped on it before throwing it into traffic.
The victim claims that when he tried to get out of the car, Vazquez kicked the door shut, walked back to her car and retrieved a snow brush handle. Vazquez allegedly began swinging the handle trying to hit the victim. Witnesses began yelling that they were on the phone with the police.
Dispatchers told the police who were in route that there were multiple calls about the incident with reports that a female was threatening a male with a bat or baton. A license plate was also relayed over the radio.
After the witnesses were yelling that they had called the police, Vazquez allegedly decided to leave making a U-turn and traveling west bound on 87th Place. The police checked the license plate in the state system and found the plate registered to a Burbank address. However, the registered owner no longer lives at the address.
However, the Burbank police department was able to report to Oak Lawn that it had stopped the vehicle a month later and the traffic stop indicated an update address. The physical descriptions matched and Vazquez allegedly admitted to the Burbank police that she was involved in a road rage incident.
Vazquez was taken into custody and allegedly told the Oak Lawn police that the male victim was the aggressor. She claimed the male driver had tried to run her off the road on two occasions. She also claimed that there was no physical contact and it was a verbal argument. She said the only physical contact was when the driver’s phone brushed up against her head.
She claims that the male driver said she was “crazy” and that he would have her arrested. She allegedly told the police that she left the scene because she was overcome with anxiety.
A witness told police what happened and his story backed up the male driver’s story. The Oak Lawn police requested a felony charge from the Cook County State’s Attorney. That request was denied and Vazquez was charged with misdemeanor battery. Vazquez identified herself as a 19 year old white female and provided the Burbank address.