A 47-year-old Evanston man has been charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly attacking a motorist at an intersection near the city’s lakefront more than two months ago.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the 65-year-old Chicago motorist was turning right onto Forest Avenue from Burnham Place with the green arrow, when Arthur Williams, 47, who was walking his dog, stepped in front of his vehicle. Williams lives at 1245 Forest Ave., three doors away from the intersection.

The driver said that when he honked his horn, Williams kicked his car, opened the driver’s side door, began to beat the him and pulled him out of the car.

Dugan says Williams then ordered the dog to bite the driver and the dog bit the man in the groin and left hand.

Dugan says Williams and the dog left the scene on foot southbound on Forest. The victim was treated on the scene for scratches and bite wounds by Fire Department paramedics.

Dugan says detectives received a tip naming Williams as a suspect in the incident. Williams was charged after he went to the police station on Thursday.

He’s scheduled to appear in district court in Skokie at 1:30 p.m. on June 20.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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