EXCLUSIVE Driver caught on camera attacking traffic warden with wooden pole as pair brawled in the street is ’embarrassed’ by the confrontation
- Alex Verulshvili said he was standing in front of his van when he got a ticket
- The public brawl broke out on a road in Manor Park, east London, last week
A driver who was caught on camera attacking a traffic warden with a wooden pole has said he feels ’embarrassed’ by the public confrontation.
The fight broke out on Chesterford Road in Manor Park, east London, last week after the warden took photos of the man’s van.
Driver Alex Verulashvili, who works for a builder’s company, said he was standing in front of his van when the warden gave it a ticket.
Dressed in hi-vis, he then grabbed a wooden pole and started to attack the officer, smacking him twice before the stick snapped.
The brawl spilled out across the road with the traffic warden punching the man to the floor before the fight was broken up by a third man.
Police said the warden suffered a broken finger and the other man was arrested. The matter has since been resolved using a community resolution.
A driver who was caught on camera attacking a traffic warden with a wooden pole has said he feels ’embarrassed’ by the public confrontation
The fight broke out on Chesterford Road in Manor Park, east London , last week after the warden took photos of the man’s van
Mr Verulashvili, a Georgian-born father in his forties from Basildon, told MailOnline: ‘I have had the pleasure of seeing the video. I wouldn’t say it’s my highest point.
‘It was just in the heat of the moment.
‘I am not that kind of guy. Usually I am very, very smiley and open to discussing things. But I was very irritated with his action.
‘I wouldn’t like my kids to see that.’
Mr Verulashvili said his first reaction when he saw the video was ‘What the f*** was that?’
He said he suffers from backpain, and would not have jumped into a fight if he had not been so outraged.
He added that people in the building company become frustrated when they have to check their cars every 15 minutes to check they haven’t been towed away.
Permit holders only are allowed to park in Newham Council’s ‘L’ zone which includes the depot which Mr Verulashvili was visiting.
The clip, filmed by a passerby, starts with the warden taking photos of a man’s van.
‘Come on you pussy mother f*****,’ raged one of the men as the brawl spilled out across the road.
Police said the warden suffered a broken finger and the other man was arrested. The matter has since been resolved using a community resolution
The fight broke out in the middle of a road in Manor Park, East London last week. The clip, filmed by a passerby, starts with the warden taking photos of a man’s van
The man in the hi-vis jacket shouted at the traffic warden (left) before a scuffle breaks out, involving a wooden pole (right)
The witness who shot the video, but asked to remain anonymous, said: ‘To be honest it didn’t really faze me, as you see so much crime around that area.
‘I didn’t think the man was going to get a piece of wood though. I was just glad it didn’t get out of hand.’
The witness said he was stuck on the street for around 10 minutes watching the brawl.
He added: ‘I was just driving down the street but they were blocking the road so I couldn’t get through. I was driving to see my mate but couldn’t get through. There were a lot of people around watching.’
The Metropolitan Police said: ‘Police were called at 12.34pm on Wednesday, 16 August to reports of an altercation between two men at Chesterford Road, E12.
‘Officers attended. At the scene a 38-year-old man, a traffic warden, has suffered an injury to his finger. His injury did not require medical treatment.
‘The victim’s earphones were also broken in the assault. A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and causing actual bodily harm.
Both men appeared to give as good as they got as the brawl continued to rage in the middle of the street
A third man (pictured right) later intervenes to break up the fight between the warden and the other male
‘However, after speaking with the victim and the suspect, officers were able to resolve the incident by way of a Community Resolution.
‘The victim agreed to accept payment from the suspect to replace the damaged earphones. The assault allegation was not proceeded with.’
A Newham Council spokesperson said previously: ‘We are pleased the police have taken immediate action to deal with this man, who attacked one of our staff as he was carrying out his duties.
‘The prompt arrest underlines our own clear message of Newham’s zero tolerance policy to abuse and violence aimed at staff. We will always stand by employees in pursuit of justice if they are victimised.’
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