Phoenix

Uber driver beaten by passenger in Phoenix

The driver says this all began due to confusion over the pick-up spot.

PHOENIX — An indignant Uber passenger was caught on digital camera repeatedly punching a driver in Laveen.

The incident occurred round 2 a.m. on Monday close to 51st Avenue and Baseline.

The driver, Jonathan Carroll, says this all began due to confusion over the pick-up spot. And earlier than he knew it, he was being punched repeatedly.

He says in eight years and after greater than 13,000 rides as an Uber driver, nobody has ever put their palms on him. Carroll says he was on the cellphone with the rider for a number of minutes attempting to determine the rider’s location.

“I’m right in front of the Spurr Lounge, the bar that’s right here. There’s a daycare center across the street, I don’t know, it’s far, man. Where exactly are you, bro,” the rider requested.

Things escalated after they lastly met up. After some phrases have been exchanged, Carroll canceled the trip.

“He will get into the automobile, and I used to be attempting to clarify the place the GPS took me, and he wasn’t having any a part of it,” Carroll stated.

“Like any driver, I’ve had my share of impolite, crude, and disrespectful riders – particularly after they’re intoxicated – however you by no means assume something like that is going to occur to you, after which it does,” Carroll added.

To make issues worse, he was two journeys away from an Uber “driver bonus.”

“I had been out and about since about noon, and this was at 2 a.m. So, I had been out for 14 hours trying to get this bonus, and I ended up being two short,” he said. “I didn’t get it because of this incident. I couldn’t just drive away and call police and not report it.”

12 News is blurring the rider’s face as a result of he has not been arrested or charged right now, however the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Uber offered the next assertion concerning the incident:

“It’s disturbing to watch the attack against the driver. Violence of any kind is not tolerated on the platform and the rider has been deactivated. We stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation.”

The solely silver lining for Carroll is an Uber spokesperson stated he’ll get that driver bonus in the approaching days.

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