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Angry Woman, Patricia Washington, Throws Caustic Liquid on Bus Driver

An angry Chicago woman is in custody after she threw a caustic liquid in the face of a bus driver.

Patricia Washington , a passenger on a CTA bus, has been held on charges of aggravated battery to a transit employee after a Friday evening attack on a CTA bus driver, reports the Sun-Times Media Wire.

The conflict arose when Washington boarded a bus at Damen Avenue and Harrison Street around 6 p.m. on Friday. She was asked by the bus driver to pay the full cash fare, after she showed an expired bus pass. After an argument, Washington was ordered off the bus.

Then, Washington threw a liquid, believed to be rubbing alcohol, in the driver's face.

The driver reportedly chased after her and several witnesses intervened and held her until police arrived.

Aggravated battery typically occurs when the offender tries to or causes serious injury to another, or causes injury through the use of a deadly weapon. In Illinois, there is a specific charge of aggravated battery based on the victim's status. According to the Illinois Criminal Code, aggravated battery occurs when the offender commits a battery, other than by the use of a firearm, where "he or she knows the individual battered to be ... (7) A transit employee performing his or her official duties."

Interestingly, it is also considered aggravated battery if the victim is a passenger on the bus.

Washington is being held on a $75,000 bond and will appear in court on March 14. She suffered some scrapes and the driver suffered an eye injury. The CTA driver was treated and released.

This is not Washington's first run-in with the law. She also faces separate charges of assault and criminal trespassing to land from last year.

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