Texas prosecutor is fired after an Uber driver claims she slapped and berated him
An assistant district attorney in Dallas County, Texas, has been fired after an Uber driver alleged she slapped his shoulder and called him an idiot when he was taking her home late Friday night.
Jody Warner had worked in the unit prosecuting crimes against children, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Driver Shaun Platt had posted the incident on Facebook. He says his intent wasn’t to get Warner fired, however, and he would just like an apology.
In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Platt said Warner appeared intoxicated when he picked her up outside a bar in Dallas. According to Platt, Warner asked Platt to change directions from the route called for on his GPS and he got lost.
Warner called Platt names and belittled him, and slapped him on the shoulder with her fingers and part of her palm, according to Platt’s account. Platt says he pulled over and asked Warner to get out of the car, but she refused.
After about five minutes, Platt says, he called 911 and started recording Warner. On the recording, she calls Platt an idiot and “a legitimate retard.” She also says she is an assistant district attorney, and that he’s kidnapping her because he didn’t take her to her requested destination.
“You’re committing a third- to first-degree felony, so do you want to take me home?” she says.
When police came, they put the woman in the cruiser but did not charge her. Platt says police asked him, “You good?” and Platt replied he guessed that he was.
District Attorney Faith Johnson said that no criminal charges were filed, but she decided to fire Warner because “her behavior is contrary to this office’s core principle of integrity, and it will not be tolerated.”