A female driver has been arrested on suspicion of attempted grievous bodily harm after she allegedly ploughed into an autistic cyclist following a road rage incident in south London.

The woman, who police say is in her 30s, was arrested after her Audi Q7 collided with the cyclist, who witnesses say was wearing a badge highlighting his disability at the time of the incident.

Witness accounts say that shortly before the incident, the female driver and the cyclist were involved in a "heated argument" that saw the cyclist kick the car, according to Scotland Yard.

The motorist is said to have clipped the cyclist and crashed into a parked van before smashing into the front of a nearby hairdressers.

The autistic man escaped with a cut on his arm following the incident at 6pm on Saturday in Park Road, Kingston-upon-Thames.

Witnesses say the woman was carrying five children in the car at the time of the incident. She was taken to a southwest London police station and bailed untila date in September.

According to the Evening Standard, local councillor Andrea Craig, who arrived at the scene in the aftermath of the incident, said it was "luck" that no one was seriously hurt.

She said: "It was very shocking to arrive at the scene because the bike was so mangled. It was a relief that the [cyclist] was ok."

She continued: "That is a two tonne car and it has done so much damage in a short space of time - it is incredible. It was just luck that no one was injured."

Detectives from Kingston CID are currently investigating the incident.