Metropolitan Police officers have arrested an Uber minicab driver accused of knocking out a disabled cyclist in a road rage attack.
The 27 year old hand-cyclist argued with the driver, who was trying to overtake him in a narrow road in Holborn, central London.
The silver Prius driver jammed him between his car and a parked vehicle, forcing the cyclist to pull himself free. The driver allegedly got out of the car and punched the cyclist in the face as retribution for banging his hand on the car.
A spokesman for Uber told the Evening Standard that a private hire driver had been suspended from using the app while the company investigated.
A witness to the incident said: “After the cyclist became jammed between the parked car and the Prius, he managed to force his way out and slapped his hand on the bonnet which aggravated the driver.
“The driver jumped out of his car and went down on top of him. As I was jumping out of my car to stop it, his car rolled forward into two other parked cars.
“I ran round and pulled him off. And everything was calm for a couple of seconds. But then the driver noticed that his car had rolled into the parked cars. He shouted ‘look what you made me do’ and threw a punch straight into his face and he was knocked out cold.
“He was out cold for about 30 seconds. I stepped in between them to stop him from doing anything else and somebody else called the police.”
A Met Police spokesman said: “Police were called to a report of an assault of a 27 year-old male, on Endell Street, near the junction with Shaftesbury Avenue on Thursday January 26 at 4.25pm.
“The victim sustained facial injuries. LAS attended and the victim was taken to a central London hospital.
“A 38 year-old male was arrested on suspicion of GBH. He has been bailed to return on a date in March.”
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 4.43pm on Thursday, January 26 to reports of a road traffic collision at Endell Street.
“We sent an ambulance crew to the scene. We treated a patient at the scene and took them to a hospital in west London.”
An Uber spokesman said: “We are currently investigating these shocking reports. Whenever there is a serious incident it is our policy to prevent the licensed private hire driver from using our app while we investigate."
Helen Chapman, Transport for London’s general manager for taxi and private hire, said: “These are serious allegations and we are working with the police to urgently investigate them.”
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.