Austin controversies

Since we are all tossing around ride-sharing propaganda…

May 2, 2016

Sometimes the much-maligned Uber drivers turn out to be heroes. In this Austin case, an Uber driver and his passengers intervened on behalf of a woman who was being attacked at 7th and Colorado.

An Uber driver and his passengers scared off a man who police say was trying to restrain a woman in downtown Austin on Thursday night, an arrest affidavit said.

The man approached the woman Thursday night at West Seventh and Colorado streets and said “Hey, where are you going?” according to the affidavit. He put his arm around her and attempted to drag her into an alley, the document said.

She fought to free herself, witnesses told police. At one point, she tried to jump into a passing vehicle, but the driver locked the doors and drove away. The man then grabbed her again and continued to drag her, the affidavit said.

As she screamed and kicked, an Uber driver nearby got out of his car with his passengers, the driver told police. They yelled at the man to leave her alone; the man let go and began walking away, the affidavit said.

Friendly reminder, your City Council wants to put this guy out of work, and force these passengers to take taxis.

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