Man Charged In Racial Reckless Driving Incident

Riverside Police arrest a man for reckless driving and yelling racial slurs at a family

By Glenn Marshall
|  Friday, Mar 23, 2012  |  Updated 9:53 AM CDT
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Man Charged In Racial Reckless Driving Incident

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A man is charged with assault and reckless driving after taunting racial slurs towards a woman and a her son.

On Sunday, 41-year-old Alexander M. Borrego repeatedly yelled the 'N' word at the two victims while they were driving on the 3400 block of First Avenue in Riverside, according to the Chicago Tribune. The victims said Borrego pulled his car up next to their vehicle and started spitting at them and then begin to cut them off repeatedly as they tried to drive away, police said.

The woman was able to take a clear enough photo using her cell phone before Borrego was able to drive away. Police used the photo to identify his license plate and arrest Borrego late Wednesday afternoon at his home on the 8700 block of Lyons Street in Hodgkins, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The victims, a white woman and her black adult son, were able to identify Berrego in a photo line up.

"We cannot outlaw bigotry," said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel. "But law enforcement can send a clear message that these crimes matter, that our society takes them very seriously.

The victims suffered no physical contact during the racial attack.
 

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