Angry bikers assault Lyft driver in Memphis, vandalize car
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) – A former Lyft driver is shaken after an alarming incident when police say multiple customers assaulted her and vandalized her car.
Jacquelyn Shanks said it happened on Sunday.
“I’m still shaken up right now talking about this,” she said. “Why do they think it was okay to vandalize my vehicle? »
Shanks said the three riders, a man and two women, were angry because it took him an hour to pick them up in South Memphis. She said it was because they asked for the ride around 3am and there weren’t many drivers.
“They started screaming [when they got in the car],” she said. “I told them that I was not going to deal with the disrespect and that I was canceling the ride and that they had to get out of my vehicle… They told me that they would not get out No. They got very belligerent.
Fearing that things would continue to escalate, Shanks got out of the car and called 911. It was then that she claims the man spat in her face while the women poured a drink on its seats, dashboard and console, which would have caused hundreds of dollars in damage.
“I’ve had other issues with angry passengers, but nobody’s ever done this,” Shanks said.
The runners pulled away and were gone when the police arrived. Investigators have been looking for them since the incident.
“At least they didn’t hurt me more than spitting on me,” Shanks said. “They could have done worse.”
It’s possible that the rider who ordered the Lyft could be found through her information in the app. Nexstar’s WREG asked Lyft about it but got no response.
Shanks said she no longer drives for Lyft.
A Lyft spokesperson addressed Shanks’ situation in a statement, saying, “Safety is fundamental to Lyft, and the behavior described is deeply concerning. We’ve reached out to the driver to offer our support, permanently removed the passenger’s account from the Lyft Community, and stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation.
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