Friday night, in Southern California an assault of an Uber driver was caught on camera. The Uber driver asked an allegedly drunk passenger to get out of his car and the rider went ballistic. According to Mireya Villarreal, CBS News correspondent, Edward Caban picked up a passenger around 8 p.m. The passenger refused to wear a seatbelt and had no idea how to get to his destination.
“You’re too drunk to get me directions, man. I’m kicking you out,” Caban says to the passenger. “Get out of my car of I will call the police.” The passenger became belligerent and Caban says, “The next think I know, I’ve just got fists flying at my face and I reached for the pepper spray.”
The passenger contend to swear at Caban, yank his hair, and pummel Caban with his fists. A law enforcement official told CBS Los Angeles that the passenger was 32-year-old Benjamin Golden a senior marketing manager for Taco Bell.
Watch the video from Caban’s ride:
According to Caban, “The only way that I felt I was going to get him to stop beating me was to incapacitate him, use some kind of self-defense.” “I don’t believe he would have stopped.”
Caban keeps a camera in his car since he has faced unruly passengers before and uses the film as evidence.
“Safety is a big concern in the drier community and I wanted to show other drivers what happens,” said Caban.
Unlike taxis, there is no partition between the driver and the passenger in Uber cars. When riders sign up for the service, they do agree to a code of conduct and there is a rating system for riders. That’s not enough security to make some drivers feel safe.
Caban says he is done driving for Uber because he does not feel safe driving anymore.
In a statement to CBS News, Uber representatives said, “We’ve been in contact with Mr. Caban and are thankful he is doing ok…The rider involved in this incident has been permanently banned form the Uber platform.”
Gold is facing charges that include assault on a cab drive and public intoxication. He has since been fired from Taco Bell.