A Clearing neighborhood resident who saw a man drive after a woman while the couple screamed at each other early this month was run down by the man when he noticed the resident following them.
William Flaherty, 30, of the 5200 block of South Melvina Avenue, was arrested
this week and charged with felony aggravated battery in the injury of the man,
63, who saw the domestic fight early Oct. 5.
Police were able to track down Flaherty because the victim took down his
license plate after the incident in the 6600 block of West 63rd Street.
The resident was in the alley near his house about 12:30 a.m. Oct. 5 when he
saw a man driving a grey 1990 Buick LeSabre, screaming at a woman who was
walking in the alley as she screamed back at him.
The man drove after the woman in the alley, and when the resident followed
and caught up to the car, the driver swerved and hit him, throwing him onto the
hood of the car.
The man fell off the car and when he stood up, he saw the driver was holding
a black revolver between the seats of the car. The driver shouted that he would
“kill you if you keep following me — mind your own business,” and when the man
backed away, the driver put the car into reverse, sped up and hit the victim
again before speeding away.
After Flaherty was arrested, the victim identified him in a photo lineup