AN EJECTED pub customer cheated death after his head was run over by a scooter.
It was initially alleged that the unnamed 22-year-old had been pushed into the path of the two-wheeler outside the Mountain Dew on Atherton’s Market Street.
Social media reports suggested that the victim might die and police later arrested a man on suspicion of causing him grievous bodily harm.
But the suspect protested his innocence.
And after coming round in hospital and showing that he wasn’t as badly injured as onlookers had first feared, the casualty too confirmed that he had stumbled and that no-one had pushed him. Police also viewed town centre CCTV footage which backed up both men’s version of events.
The arrested man was released and told that no further action would be taken against him.
Police confirmed that the emergency services had been called to Market Street at around 11.30pm on Christmas Eve.
The customer had been asked to leave the premises and was trying to talk his way back in with staff when he stumbled and fell into the path of a passing scooter. One witness told officers that the vehicle ran over the man’s head and he was rushed to hospital in an ambulance.
The scooter rider was not injured and stayed at the scene while the emergency services attended.
A police spokesman said: “We received a report that a man had been hit by a scooter in Market Street, Atherton, on Christmas Eve night. It was initially suspected that he had been pushed into the road and a man was arrested, but subsequent inquiries have confirmed that there was no physical contact or assault.
“Fortunately, after initial fears for his health, the victim was ready to leave hospital just a day after the incident. And, after coming round, he confirmed that he had stumbled and that no-one had pushed him.”