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NYC Uber User Takes Wheel For Sleepy driver And Ends Up In High-speed Police Chase

By Joshua Saxon

NYC Uber User Takes Wheel For Sleepy driver And Ends Up In High-speed Police Chase

Being an Uber driver poses all kinds of threats. Rush-hour traffic, aggressive passengers, near misses… And now you can add high-speed police chases to the list!

At least this guy can: Uber driver Corey Robinson, 43, who was hired by Bronx man Juan R. Carlos to drive him 300 miles from Philadelphia to New York.

A little way into the trip, Robinson confessed he was too sleepy to continue the journey…

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…and he couldn’t believe his luck when Carlos, 20, offered to take over while he napped. That is, until things took a dramatic turn.

When Robinson woke up, he found himself in the middle of an intense pursuit with the cops, who were trying to pull them over for doing nearly 90mph.

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Robinson told the NY Post: “I thought the car was leaving the ground. I just kept telling him to ‘stop the car, stop the car, stop the car!’ He said he was going to stop, but then he just started speeding up.”

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The police briefly lost the 2016 Hyundai Sonata before later finding it crashed into a guardrail in Colesville.

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Carlos and Robinson were taken to hospital for minor injuries. Robinson was released from custody while Carlos was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and driving without a license, plus other offenses.

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[Juan R. Carlos NY Times]
Uber has since banned both of them.

 

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