CHICAGO
03/12/2012 10:15 am ET

Patricia Washington, Chicago Woman, Charged With Throwing Rubbing Alcohol At CTA Bus Driver

A Chicago woman was arrested Friday after hurling rubbing alcohol at a Chicago Transit Authority bus driver in the midst of an argument over her refusal to pay for her ride using cash, rather than an invalid bus pass.

Patricia Washington, 44, of the 6000 block of North Ridge Avenue, reportedly boarded a CTA bus at Harrison Street and Damen Avenue around 6 p.m. Friday, according to the Chicago Tribune. When the bus driver informed her that her bus pass was invalid and that she needed to pay cash to cover her fare, a confrontation ensued.

According to police, Washington became irate and was screaming before she threw the caustic liquid at the driver's face, CBS Chicago reports. After she exited the bus, the driver chased after her and detained her until police arrived.

Washington was charged with aggravated battery of a public transit employee. She and the driver were both taken to an area hospital where the driver was treated and released for an eye injury, the Associated Press reports.

Washington was taken into custody and, on Sunday, a judge set her bond at $50,000, the Tribune reports.

The woman is due to return to court March 14.

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