A D.C. Uber Driver Took Three Passengers on a Wild Ride
We’ve all seen that episode of Cops where a driver runs from police for seemingly no reason at all…more or less any episode of the show for that matter, but had you ever considered that you might ride shotgun in one of those police chases? Diehard Uber user Ryan Simonetti hadn’t thought that at all, until an Uber driver in Washington, D.C. took him on a ride he won’t soon forget. Simonetti and two colleagues booked an UberBlack car to take them from a business meeting at the Verizon Center to his offices in Tysons Corner, Virginia. That’s when things went a bit haywire. As the trio approached the car, they noticed a D.C. taxi inspector speaking with the driver. Simonetti got into the front seat, his associates in the back, but as the inspector walked away to check on the driver’s documents, the Uber driver made a beeline for the street.
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The inspector gave pursuit and according to Simonetti, the driver assured them, “Oh no, he’s not a real cop,” before informing them: “I’m sorry, we’re going to have to run this red light.”
The Uber driver – allegedly worried about paying a $2,000 fine – got onto the I-395 highway and continued to drive “well above the speed limit,” according to Simonetti. From the front seat he physically fought with the driver and tried to force him to pull over, all while narrowly missing other cars.
Thanks everyone for the concern. We're safe. @uber and law enforcement are dealing with it now. — Ryan W Simonetti (@rwsimonetti) July 8, 2014Simonetti and crew got their lucky break about 10 minutes after it all began, when the tailing taxi inspector headed-off the Uber driver onto an exit ramp. The trio hopped out and the car took off once again. Uber has since “deactivated” that driver from service and police are investigating. Somewhat ironically, the three men took a taxi cab to get back to the office. RELATED: See More Photos of the 2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi Source: Washington Post