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Man Facing Lawsuit After He Pushed Plank Into Truck Window, Driver’s Head

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CHICAGO (STMW) — A man who was charged with ramming a wooden plank into another man’s car and then the man’s head is now facing a lawsuit.

Edward Donley, 53, filed the suit Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court regarding the incident, which allegedly stemmed from a traffic dispute.

In April 2012, Donley was driving his 1995 Ford F-150 pickup truck northwest on Lincoln Avenue in the Lake View neighborhood when he pulled his car into the southeast lane to skirt around double-parked vehicles, according to the suit and a police report.

Price was in his 2006 BMW sports car behind the double-parked vehicles when Donley was about to pass him, the suit claims. Price tried to drive in front of Donley without using his signal light, but Donley had already passed far enough to keep going without being able to “safely” let the BMW through, the suit claims.

Price followed behind Donley to a stop light, stepped out of his car and walked up to Donley’s window, threatening to hurt him, the suit claims.

When Donley rolled up his window and called 911, Price started spitting and yelled, “Go ahead and call 911. You are a pile of sh**,” the suit alleges.

Then, as Donley slowly drove off, he claims he saw Price had stepped in to his pickup’s rear cargo bed. Price then picked up an 8-foot-long, 2-by-4 wooden plank and rammed it through the pickup’s rear window, the suit claims. Price then used the plank to repeatedly hit Donley’s head and neck, the suit claims.

Price stopped when he heard sirens, ran back to his car and tried to drive off, but police arrested him before he could leave the scene, according to the police report and the suit.

Donley suffered minor injuries, according to the police report.

Price pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of battery and criminal damage to property in June 2012, according to court records. He has since completed 18 months court supervision, court records show.

Donley’s four-count suit alleges assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and property damage. He is asking for an unspecified amount in damages, as well as punitive damages.

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