An Uber driver accused a passenger of hitting, belittling, and insulting him, and it cost the passenger her job.
Jody Warner, 32, a former Dallas County district attorney, is accused of berating her Uber driver late Friday night as he took her home, Dallas News reports.
The driver, Shaun Platt, 26, said he could tell Warner was very intoxicated when she entered his car Friday night. She yelled at friends out the window as the car drove off, and Platt said he tried to initiate small talk but she wasn’t being friendly.
He said Warner started to become visibly upset, especially after she told him to change directions from the GPS and he got lost. When he tried to ask her where to go, she was very hostile.
“I said, ‘Should I make a left up here?’ and she refused to answer me. “She said, ‘You can follow the [expletive] GPS’ and she became increasingly angry, even though I was just trying to get her home.”
That’s when she started to call him names and slap his shoulder. Platt said he finally had enough and pulled the car over. He wanted police to come and help him out, but he was worried about getting her in trouble.
Platt said he ended the ride and asked her to get out, but she refused. He eventually called 911 and started recording the conversation. A woman’s voice can be heard on the recording calling him names.
“Then we’ll just wait for the cops. Jesus Christ, you’re a f——- idiot in a stupid f—— hat. What a joke…Oh my god, you’re an idiot. You are a legitimate retard.”
At one point, she allegedly threatened him that he could be charged with kidnapping. She told him that she’s an assistant district attorney and that he would be facing third- to first-degree kidnapping charges if he didn’t take her home.
The police finally arrived and Platt said he was worried that he would get in trouble.
“She said ‘I’m the DA’ and she said [to the cop] ‘Can I speak with you?’ and he pulled her aside away from me. Then the cop said ‘You good?’ and I said ‘I guess so.’ I should’ve said, ‘No, I’m not good.’ It was intimidating. I was intimidated.”
Platt said Warner left with the officer in his patrol car.
He drove two more passengers that night before ending his shift because of “negative vibes.” He then posted about the incident on Facebook, and it went viral.
“I didn’t post this maliciously. I mean no harm to her. I just want an apology. I was just telling Facebook friends and when I get home I have thousands of views. It was crazy…She can’t treat people like that just because I’m not a doctor or a lawyer or someone she hangs around. I was very polite and sweet. If it wasn’t me, it would be the next person that she Ubers with.”
Platt said he forgives Warner, partly because he knows she was intoxicated and he’s “sure she’s a good person when she’s sober.”
He reported the incident to Uber and was guaranteed that he wouldn’t be matched with her again.
Warner was fired Monday after a “thorough investigation,” according to District Attorney Faith Johnson. Warner worked there for six years and was a prosecutor in the crimes against children unit.
“Although criminal charges have not been filed, her behavior is contrary to this office’s core principle of integrity, and it will not be tolerated. As public servants, we represent the people of Dallas County and are examples of justice, professionalism, and ethical behavior both inside and outside of the courtroom.”
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