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Published: Jan 28, 2016
[VIDEO] Uber Passenger Threatens To Puke; Uber Driver Threatens Him With Gun
by Ann Warren

It's every Uber driver's fear. Vomit. An Uber driver pulled a gun on a passenger because he feared his pax might puke in his $75,000 Lexus.

Patrick McDonald, 67, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and misdemeanor battery after the incident in Bradenton, Florida.

The incident took place Friday night according to a Smoking Gun report. McDonald had picked up Shane Fabry, 27, and at least one other passenger at around 8pm.  According to a probable cause affidavit filed by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Fabry had felt unwell, and asked McDonald to pull the car over 'in the event that he began to vomit'.
"The Uber driver (McDonald) obviously was concerned that the person (Fabry) would get sick inside his vehicle so he tells him to get out," Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dave Bristow said. "He kind of forcibly removes one of them, just kind of escorts the person out of the vehicle."

The affidavit goes on to say that McDonald did not want vomit in his $75,000 car. And, subsequently as he began arguing with the passenger, he pulled a gun on the pax, deputies said.

He "was nervous that something might happen," Bristow emphasized.

McDonald claimed he acted in self-defense, but deputies say his actions were too violent. He was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault and battery.

Uber released a statement saying:

"This driver's account has been deactivated as we continue to gather the facts regarding this incident. We stand ready to provide law enforcement with any information that would be helpful to their investigation into this matter."

The company says McDonald had only been operating as an Uber driver for a few days before the incident.

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