Gary Coleman has been charged with reckless driving and disorderly conduct following an argument with a fan earlier this month.

The diminutive former Different Strokes star is said to have argued with Colt Rushton, 24, at a bowling alley in Utah before hitting Mr Rushton and another car with his truck on September 6th.

Mr Rushton was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries after the incident in Payson and has since filed a lawsuit against Coleman, seeking damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, and punitive damages.

According to witnesses, Coleman, 40, was angered by Mr Rushton taking a mobile phone picture of him while inside the bowling alley.

"This wasn't a situation of paparazzi or stalker-razzi, this was a fan snapping two photographs with a cell phone," said a statement from Mr Rushton's attorney Dustin Lance.

The two argued, continuing outside, before Coleman hit Mr Rushton with his vehicle.

"Mr Coleman was notified today of the charges through his attorney," said Lieutenant Bill Wright of the Payson police department.

"[Coleman] never spoke to us about what happened, but we gathered evidence after speaking to witnesses and the other party involved."

Both charges are misdemeanours.

18/09/2008 12:14:02