Woman convicted in baseball bat attack faces meth charges

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Maralee West - photo from Silvis Police

A woman arrested for an alleged road rage attack with a baseball bat is now accused of making methamphetamine.

A bystander captured cell phone video after, he said, two vehicles nearly collided in the parking lot of a bank in Silvis, Illinois in June 2012.   His video shows a confrontation between some people involved in the near-miss, and one of those people appeared to swing a baseball bat at another person.

Maralee West, of Silvis, was criminally charged in connection with the alleged attack.  Dana Laughery, who said West was her wife, said she regretted what happened.

West was sentenced to two years of probation after she pleaded guilty to one felony count of aggravated battery.

Now, West is facing new charges in Rock Island County.

Silvis Police said they joined QCMEG investigators and Illinois State Police in busting West for allegedly making methamphetamine.

Police said they found evidence of meth-making materials, meth manufacturing evidence and methamphetamine in West’s apartment in the 1900 block of 16th Street when they served a warrant there Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Police arrested Maralee West during the bust, charging her with five felony counts related to possession and manufacturing of methamphetamine.

West was held in the Rock Island County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

Court records show West had three prior convictions for misdemeanor battery before the baseball bat attack.  She is also on the sex offender registry for a relationship she reportedly had with a 16-year-old when she was 22 years old.