Former Uber driver charged with assaulting rider
SAN FRANCISCO - A man who drove for the ridesharing service Uber in San Francisco has been charged with assaulting a customer.
District Attorney George Gascon says Daveea Whitmire, of San Francisco, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanour battery of a transit passenger. The 28-year-old is accused of verbally and physically assaulting a passenger he picked up in the city's Castro District on Nov. 24.
Prosecutors say Whitmire became angry after the rider took pictures of his car with a smartphone. They say he slapped the phone out of the rider's hands and elbowed him in the chest.
Gascon says more state regulation is needed for the fast-growing and popular rideshare companies.
Whitmire's attorney, Kimberly Lutes-Koths, says her client is being used as a pawn in the district attorney's war against rideshare services.
Whitmire has pleaded not guilty to the charge.