Monee mayor accused of punching umpire turns himself in to police

Jay Farquhar (New Lenox Police Department)

Monee Mayor Jay Farquhar, accused of punching an umpire at a youth baseball game, turned himself in Monday afternoon to New Lenox police.

He posted bond and was released.

Farquhar, mayor of the south suburb, is charged with two counts of felony aggravated battery in connection with the June incident. He had an outstanding warrant from Will County.

The umpire alleges that the mayor punched him in the face and broke his jaw during a game involving 7- and 8-year-olds.

The mayor says the umpire was drunk and threw the punch.

The incident played out on a baseball diamond in front of stunned players and parents during a game between teams from Monee and Park Forest. Farquhar, the home team coach, was allegedly not happy that the umpire was going easy on one of the kids.
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