Spat over Our Lady of the Lake hospital handicapped parking space ends with arrest of man, 73, who tried to push woman away with car _lowres

Dewey Gassaway

A woman who tried to save a parking spot Friday morning for her handicapped father at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center learned the hard way that some people don’t adhere to such unofficial spot-saving practices.

The woman was standing in a handicap-designated spot at about 9 a.m. in one of the hospital’s parking garages when a 2011 Buick Enclave pulled up, according to a police report.

The Buick’s driver, later identified as 73-year-old Dewey Gassaway, allegedly told the woman to move out of the way so he could pull into the parking spot, the report says.

When the woman refused, saying she was saving the spot for her dad, Gassaway allegedly struck her with his car. The woman told police the strike caused her to hit her foot and ankle on a nearby concrete pillar, but the extent of her injuries was unclear, according to the report.

When confronted by police, Gassaway told them he “used his vehicle to push the victim out of the way,” the report says.

Gassaway was booked into Parish Prison on a count of aggravated battery.