TWO motorists caused gridlock in London after one of them dodged children to speed along the PAVEMENT and beat her foe to a parking spot, The Sun reports. Mark Williamson caught the bizarre scene from his East London flat as the stubborn parkers refused to back down during a heated argument.
And he described how – fittingly – neither of the motorists got their prized spot after police were called to intervene. Mark said: “It was incredibly dangerous, the hatchback driver almost knocked down seven or eight children when she drove along the pavement. She didn’t seem to care though, she had her eye on that space. She was very selfish.
“I don’t understand the woman at all. She was adamant that the space was hers despite her car being balanced half on the pavement. It was unbelievable really. “She was absolutely irate at the thought she might not get the space and would have to walk ten minutes.”
A man driving a black BMW was in the process reversing into the spot – near the capital’s financial district in Canary Wharf – when a woman driving a hatchback arrived. Mark alleged she weaved along the pavement in order to perch her nose in the space.
And then all hell broke loose as the pair descended into a furious row over the incident.The 38-year-old added: “I couldn’t believe it as she went at a right speed and used the pavement where children were playing. They had to get out the way or she would have hit them.
“She managed to nick the space but neither car was now fully in the spot. Neither would back down so they ended up getting out of their cars and arguing. “They were really shouting at each other and the woman kept getting right into the man’s face. She even started arguing with the kids that she had nearly hit.
“She was threatening the BMW guy so much that his wife got out of the car and started arguing back to defend her husband. “If the police had come five minutes later I think there would have been a fight as it was that bad.” Eventually the police forced both drivers to move their cars, leaving the space momentarily free.
Within moments a white saloon car had pulled in. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police confirmed that officers attended a call out to the area over a ‘civil dispute’ at 6.51pm on Friday evening.
The spokesperson said: “Officers attended a disturbance over a parking space on Friday evening. Both parties were advised and they left the scene.”
No arrests were made.