Gary Coleman has been formally charged with reckless driving and disorderly conduct – both misdemeanors – in connection with an altercation at a bowling alley in Utah.
“Mr. Coleman was notified today of the charges through his attorney,” said Lt. Bill Wright of the Payson, Utah, Police Department. “(Coleman) never spoke to us about what happened, but we gathered evidence after speaking to witnesses and the other party involved.”
As previously reported, the 40-year-old “Diff’rent Strokes” star was backing his truck out of a parking space outside the bowling alley around midnight on Sept. 6 when it struck Colt Rushton, 24, as well as another car. Rushton was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries.
Rushton had reportedly gotten into a verbal altercation inside of the bowling alley after he took Coleman’s picture without permission. Rushton’s attorney, Dustin Lance, said in a statement: “This wasn’t a situation of paparazzi or stalker-razzi, this was a fan snapping two photographs with a cell phone.”
Rushton has since filed a lawsuit against Coleman, seeking damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, and punitive damages.