WEST PALM BEACH, FLA – When people think of hiring Uber for a ride home, some simply don’t. Accepting a ride from a stranger is akin to hitchhiking and many just don’t feel safe. The fact is that most people are perfectly safe, and maybe more so, using apps like Uber to get home after a night on the town or otherwise.
In a turn of events last week, it wasn’t an Uber passenger that was attacked, but an Uber driver.
According to reports, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Dievenet Joseph, 36, an Uber driver. He told police that he was on North Military Trail and had just been attacked. When police arrived on scene, Joseph gave the following account:
He picked up two men who asked to be taken to Congress Avenue and Westgate Avenue. The establishment that they wanted to visit was closed, so Joseph transported the men to North Military Trail. They men exited the vehicle, one falling. As the man got up, he began to attack Joseph, hitting him several times through the open window. Joseph was able to lock the doors to prevent the men from getting back in the car. One of the men then broke the back window.
The man identified as the attacker, Travis Gordon, was arrested and charged with burglary, battery and criminal mischief.
Uber representatives say that drivers are free to deny a ride to anyone they deem to be intoxicated or otherwise dangerous.
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