Another life and death situation for an Uber driver caught on dash cam.
Uber drivers have to put up with dangerous customers on a daily basis. This is just one of the thousands of daily cases nationwide which go unnoticed and does not get the media attention it deserves.
Uber driver Dax Castro says he almost died on January 20th, 2019. Castro writes on Facebook that he picked up this crazy passenger from @cornerpocketsportsbar that tried to grab the steering wheel while he was on the freeway doing 65 MPH. “So glad I had my dash cam @vantrue_official and that no one was hurt! In the end he was arrested and given a Breathalyzer and blew a point .19! @cornerpocketsportsbar”
Castro added, “Stupid thing was that had he thrown up in my car I would have gotten a $250 cleaning fee but because he only tried to kill me I get nothing had to go home early lost $200 in earnings for the night!
But obviously, I’m thankful that I’m alive”.
On June 20, 2018 around 1 a.m., officers were dispatched to a gas station on what initially was reported as an armed robbery of an Uber driver.
A Westport man is being charged with sexual assault after police said he groped and made sexually explicit comments to an Uber driver.
The passenger had been picked up at the Greens Farms train station. Shortly after entering the vehicle, the suspect made sexually explicit comments to the victim and groped him, the driver told police.
The driver reported to police that the suspect had exposed himself. The victim pulled into a gas station and contacted police on his cell phone after the suspect exited the car.
Prior to police arrival, the suspect fled the scene on foot. Police with a K0 unit gave chase. The officer giving chase tripped and nearly got killed after his gun went off.
Quick detective work led Police to identify the suspect as Jason Karlen, 21, of Pheasant Lane. A SWAT team picked up Karlen at his home. Karlen works at NYU hospital in Manhattan. NYU hospital has refused to fire Karlen who is a possible sex offender based on the allegations in the complaint in CT.
Karlen has been charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, public indecency, and threatening. His bond was initially set at $10,000.
It is unclear if Karlen was sentenced to a jail term since Uber refuses to cooperate with law enforcement and the driver in question. Uber also refused to pay the driver for Karlen’s trip since the driver pulled over to call police and did not complete trip. Uber does not care if a driver has a gun to the head by a customer. In order to get paid for an Uber trip a driver must complete the trip.
Exclusive video obtained by GifterInGotham shows Karlen attacking an Uber driver and demanding driver stop vehicle and get out. Video has been edited to protect identity of the Uber driver and audio taken out for foul language by passenger.
On Tuesday CNN released a shocking report on the internal safety measures at Uber technologies. The internal investigators tasked with keeping Uber safe were overworked, underpaid and at times emotionally traumatized as they struggled under the burden of nearly 1,200 cases every week, a confidential internal memo obtained by CNN says.
Uber has promised a security app for drivers in case of an emergency. Investigative piece by GifterInGotham shows Uber security app has not worked for months and verified by Uber rep. Drivers remain at extreme risk.