A video has gone viral of an Uber driver being attacked.
The incident happened this past Friday when Uber driver Edward Caban picked up a man around 8 p.m. in the Los Angeles area. That’s when the ride took a turn for the worst.
Caban told CBS News that the passenger, who turned out to be drunk, could not provide clear directions to their destination and would not wear a seat belt.
“You’re too drunk to give me directions, man. I’m kicking you out,” Caban says in the video, which shows the passenger falling over in the back seat. “Get out of my car or I will call the police.”
“The next thing I know, I’ve just got fists flying at my face and I reached for the pepper spray,” Caban told CBS News.
According to a law enforcement official, the unruly passenger is a senior marketing manager for Taco Bell.
32-year-old Benjamin Golden was arrested, but later released. He is still facing charges that include assault on a cab driver and public intoxication.
“Safety is a big concern in the driver community, and I wanted to show other drivers what happens,” Caban said.
Luckily, Caban had installed a camera in his car because of unruly passengers in the past, and to document anything for evidence.
He got more than he bargained for this past Friday, but was also lucky to defend himself during the incident, using mace to fight off the attacker.
“The only way that I felt I was going to get him to stop beating me was to incapacitate him, was to use some kind of self-defense,” said Caban. “I don’t believe he would have stopped.”
Caban mentioned that he is done with Uber for now, citing safety concerns.
As for the passenger, he’s also permanently banned from using the Uber Service.
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As of Monday night, the Uber passenger has been terminated by Taco Bell.
According to The Los Angeles Times,“Given the behavior of the individual, it is clear he can no longer work for us. We have also offered and encouraged him to seek professional help,” the company said in the statement.