Gary Coleman Charged With Reckless Driving, Disorderly Conduct

Former child star Gary Coleman was charged Wednesday with reckless driving and disorderly conduct following an argument in a bowling alley in Utah.

"Mr. Coleman was notified today of the charges through his attorney," Lt. Bill Wright of the Payson, Utah, Police Department told People magazine. "(Coleman) never spoke to us about what happened, but we gathered evidence after speaking to witnesses and the other party involved."

Both charges are misdemeanors.

Coleman, 40, most famous for starring on "Diff'rent Strokes" in the late '70s and '80s, was backing out of a bowling alley around midnight on Sept. 6 when his truck hit Colt Rushton, 24, as well as another car. Rushton was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Witnesses said Coleman became irritated after Rushton photographed him. The two argued in the bowling alley and then moved outside, Lt. Wright said.

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.

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