An Uber driver arrested for a DUI in California

August 25, 2016

Uber driver arrested for a DUI in California

Uber services is one of the most effective ways to avoid a DUI. Uber claims that its drivers help people avoid getting DUIs because instead of using their vehicles while intoxicated the people are relying on Uber. Recent researches show that there is no statistical proof that ride-sharing system prevents DUIs. Recently, shockingly, some Uber drivers were arrested for drug and alcohol-related crimes. That casts even bigger doubt on the usefulness of Uber.

Recently, in Orange County, California the police suspected that Ramon Iribe, an Uber driver was in possessing a concealed weapon, methamphetamines and other drugs and Xanax without a prescription. Immediately after the arrest, the ride-sharing company banned Mr. Iribe from continuing to work for Uber. Ramon Iribe worked for Uber for less than four months.

The arrest took place at about 2:30 a.m after Mr. Iribe was pulled over with three female passengers in the car. According to the Costa Meca Police Department, the officer who stopped Iribe’s Nissan Altima in the 400 block of Fair Drive found a warrant for the driver’s arrest. Before the release, three female passengers managed to inform company about the arrest using the feedback option. This function can be used within two weeks after calling for an Uber driver. Feedback option in the Uber app is now a main source of data about driver’s performance.

As a result of this arrest Ramon Iribe, 23, of Corona was permanently banned from working for Uber. Tracey Breeden, a spokeswoman for the company, said that there’s zero tolerance for alcohol and drugs in ride-sharing network. Currently Uber is looking for evidence of Iribe’s guilt. While driver’s account is on suspension, the company carries out an internal investigation. Uber has the team which prioritizes in working with police officers on investigating cases of company’s drivers.

Notably, Uber checks driver’s vacancy application and rechecks their employees regularly to make sure they have no arrests or problems with their driver’s license. The interviewing process involves going through candidate’s driving record, any crime commitments for the last seven years and any records in the sex offenders registry. According to Breeden, Iribe’s record was clean, both times, when he applied for the job and during the regular recheck in April. However, his previous police records shows that Mr. Iribe is capable of committing crimes.

Here’s a summary of Mr. Uribe’s legal troubles before he applied for his job at Uber:

  • In January, he was accused of causing corporal injuries to his wife, and was listed as a fugitive, according to the Orange County Superior Court data. He plead guilty to a misdemeanor on that charge.

  • Mr. Iribe divorced with his wife after a five-year marriage.

  • In September, Mr. Iribe was charged with four counts of misdemeanor battery and a misdemeanor charge of child abuse.

Maria Iribe, Ramon’s mother, posted $25,000 bail on Monday. Mr. Iribe was arraigned on Sept. 12. In a telephone interview, Iribe said that the drugs in the car were not his. According to him, three passengers he picked up were intoxicated and one of them left methamphetamine in the vehicle. His only mistake, Iribe says, is that he signed out from the Uber app, but forgot to put away the Uber sticker from the car, when he drove the passengers.

Iribe’s not sure what waits for him. «But I’m not a felon», he said. Though the occupation in Uber is impossible for him now, he still uses the app. Meanwhile he financially supports him through another job in a a warehouse in Corona.

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2 responses to “An Uber driver arrested for a DUI in California”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This guy crashed into my car. rear ended my car on 9/1/2016 in the city of Eastvale. He appeared to be under the influence of some type of substance. On the same day 20 minutes later, he caused another car accident in the city of Chino. Police report taken, be was under the influence of alcohol.

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