An Uber driver was recently accused of slamming into a bus in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. Police later learned the 41-year-old driver is also a chef who has cultivated an image as a local celebrity.
According to officers, the man was drunk at the time of the accident, which occurred at the corner of F Street and 6th Avenue. He allegedly sped right through a red light at an undetermined speed, broadsiding the bus that was legally passing through the intersection. The man was driving a Nissan Altima with an Uber sticker in his window at the time. After the crash, he failed a field sobriety test and was overheard fighting with officers in a cell phone video obtained by local news reporters.
The man was eventually taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries before being placed under arrest. Fortunately, the bus driver was the only person aboard the bus at the time of the accident, and he did not suffer any injuries.
A false identity
Not only did the driver resist arrest, but he also provided law enforcement officers with a false name. His identity was ultimately revealed when officers discovered a photo of his totaled vehicle on Twitter. They connected the vehicle to the man’s own Twitter profile, which revealed he was an Uber driver, in addition to a professional chef and television personality.
Uber released a statement saying the company has a “zero tolerance policy” for drivers being under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the scope of their work. Although he was not logged into the Uber app at the time of the crash, the company has still removed his access to the platform.
When intoxicated motorists cause accidents and are charged with a crime, they are typically considered automatically liable because of their gross negligence. For more information and guidance on seeking compensation through a personal injury claim, contact a San Diego car accident lawyer with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.