We’ve all been there. We get pulled over for what we believe is nonsense and we get angry. We run to feed the meter just as a parking attendant is slipping a ticket under our wiper. In most cases, people get angry but they go on with their day. That was not the case for an Uber driver in New York recently.
According to news reports, an Uber driver ended up in handcuffs on August 10, 2017. The 21-year-old driver was arrested after he fought with an NYPD traffic enforcement agent. Reports say that witnesses dialed 911 when they saw the driver heatedly arguing with an agent just before 8:00 a.m. on Seventh Avenue.
The man was receiving a ticket for double parking when he became irate. The man told the traffic enforcement agent, “I’m going to hit you,” and then did. The driver then sped away from the scene. He made it to 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue where police caught up with him and placed him under arrest. The agent was not injured in the “attack.”
The Uber driver was charged with assault as a hate crime because the enforcement agent was in uniform. Uber removed the driver’s access to the app and is said to be aiding the police in their investigation. The Taxi & Limousine Commission said the man’s hack license has also been suspended.
If you receive a traffic citation in New York, you have the right to fight it. Reach out to our office today for assistance.