A taxi driver who contracted with Uber is out of a job after he allegedly gave a woman a frightening, wild ride over the weekend.
According to the police report, the woman used Uber to get a D.C. taxi home around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The report says that during the ride, she told the driver he was going the wrong way.
He then reportedly became enraged and began yelling “Woman, shut up! You don’t know what I’ll do with you! You don’t know what I’m going to do to you!”
The woman called 911 and the driver allegedly sped up. While driving along Military Road, he reportedly made a turn onto a side road in a wooded area and told her she could get out. The police report says she declined and the driver began to speed up, then intentionally slow down, jerking the car.
The terrifying trek ended in an Exxon parking lot off of Connecticut Avenue. The woman told police the driver locked the doors and began driving in circles. After she reportedly asked to get out three times, the driver finally unlocked the doors.
“It’s absolutely horrifying and it’s the scenario that, I think, all of our mothers warned us about when we were younger—that you’re getting in a car with stranger,” said D.C. resident Nayyera Haq. “I use a taxi or Uber at least three or four times a week.”
“I think with Uber, at the very least, you get a picture and their name and you know who’s coming to pick you up. If you’re hailing a cab it’s just as random,” said a D.C. resident named Pete.
Due to the Uber app’s technology, authorities believe they know who was behind the wheel. The D.C. Taxicab Commission is aware of the complaint and is investigating alongside authorities. Uber confirmed to ABC7 that the driver has been deactivated from its service.