07/31/2007 at 04:00 PM EDT
Gary Coleman was cited for disorderly conduct in Provo, Utah, following a public argument with a female companion last Friday.
Passersby called the police when they noticed the diminutive actor getting upset and hitting the steering wheel of his vehicle while involved in a heated discussion with a woman, the Associated Press reports.
He calmed down when the authorities arrived and was issued the misdemeanor citation. The woman was not identified.
Coleman, 39, moved to the rural Utah town of Santaquin in 2005 when he started filming the movie Church Ball.
He is best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on the '80s TV series Diff'rent Strokes. He also ran for governor of California in the 2003 recall election.