Police investigate alleged Whaddon attack following car collision with disabled pedestrian
POLICE were last night investigating an altercation at an address in Whaddon following reports a disabled member of the public was assaulted.
Christopher Carter-Stevens, 30, claims he was pushed and verbally abused by a person in Priors Road, Cheltenham, yesterday afternoon.
The father of two, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is embroiled in an insurance row after claiming he was hit by a car while on his scooter in Prestbury during rush hour last Thursday morning.
He claims a female driver mounted the pavement while performing a U-turn as he waited to cross at the dual roundabout junction with the High Street and New Barn Lane.
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He has since had a claim for compensation turned down but approached the driver again yesterday when he "recognised the car" that collided with him. But, as he tried to speak with the owner, he claims her partner "became aggressive".
He said: "I was with my carer at the time and we attempted to have a reasonable discussion with the people concerned. But the chap got aggressive and violent and squared up with me.
"He said he would set his dog on me if I didn't get off his property and pushed me while I stood with my walking stick."
He added: "I could have been seriously injured (during the collision). People need to be aware of road safety, especially for people like myself." A police spokeswoman said: "At 12.35pm, we attended a home in Priors Road to discuss a matter with two individuals. One reported the other was rude and verbally aggressive and that the person then pushed the caller. Officers will be dealing with it."
Mr Carter-Stevenson said he has struggled to claim insurance for £1,100 damages to his scooter and is calling for witnesses to speak up.
"I was walking my dog and we were waiting at a dropped curb," he continued. "A lady came around, doing a U-turn on the roundabout, and mounted the curb and hit my scooter.
"She drove off and, it was only when I blasted my air horn that she stopped.
"She came back to see me but said that I looked fine and that there was no damage and drove off.
"She (the driver) alleges I was on the road. It's a pavement scooter so it's not for use on the roads except when you need to cross and there isn't a pathway. It has had a big impact on my ability even to walk the dog or take my children to the park. I am losing the independence that is very important to me. It's distressing."