Gary Coleman backs into man outside Payson bowling alley

Published September 7, 2008 4:30 am
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Posted: 9:53 PM- Gary Coleman, the former child star of the hit TV series "Diff'rent Strokes," was involved in an auto-pedestrian accident in Payson early Saturday, said Payson Police Lt. Bill Wright.

Coleman, 40, was backing out of a Payson bowling alley around midnight Friday when his truck hit another car and a pedestrian identified as Colt Reston, 24, Wright said.

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

Reston was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident because neither Coleman nor Reston were cooperative at the scene, Wright said. Police didn't issue citations to either man.

Wright said there are "indications" that alcohol was a factor in the incident.

Coleman, who lives in Santaquin, most recently made headlines when he and his 22-year-old wife of less than a year, Shannon Price, agreed to appear on TV's "Divorce Court" on May 1 and 2. The couple wed last August after meeting on the set of the 2006 comedy "Church Ball." Soon after, the marriage dissolved and both spoke publicly about "intimacy issues" in their relationship.

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