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HODGKINS, Ill. (CBS) — Authorities have charged a southwest suburban man with hurling racial slurs and spitting at a woman and her son in a road rage incident.

Alexander Borrego, 41, of the 8700 block of Lyons Street in Hodgkins, is charged with the incident in west suburban Riverside this past Sunday, according to a Riverside police release.

Police say around 3:05 p.m. Sunday, Borrego came up to a white woman who was driving with her grown son, who is black, in the 3400 block of 1st Avenue in Riverside. Then, without provocation, he began yelling racial slurs at both of them, police said.

Borrego allegedly cut them off in his vehicle several times, spit at the woman’s son and continued yelling slurs at them, causing them both to fear for their lives, police alleged

He allegedly used the N-word several times during the confrontation, Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said in a news release release, calling the alleged incident “bias-motivated criminal activity.”

Before Borrego left the scene heading east on 31st Street, the driver was able to snap a clear photo of his vehicle’s color, make, model and registration number, the release said.

Authorities circulated a flier about the incident to multiple Cook County police departments, and Hodgkins police arrested Borrego at his home about 11:55 p.m. Wednesday after police checked addresses throughout the western suburbs.

Court information for Borrego was not available Thursday morning.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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