Man facing charges after attacking ride share driver, temporarily stealing vehicle

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A man will front court next month after allegedly attacking his Uber driver whilst intoxicated.

About 12am on Saturday, September 19 a 26-year-old Cambridge Park man requested an Uber and was picked up to go to a licensed premises in Penrith.

It is alleged the man began arguing with the driver and punched the driver to the side of his head.

Both parties exited the car, with the Uber driver informing the 26-year-old he was calling the police.

When he was on the phone the 26-year-old jumped into the driver’s seat of the car and sped off.

The 26-year-old drove about 300 metres, before stopping the car and walking back to the driver, grabbing him around the throat and ripping his shirt.

The driver pushed him away and ran into the licensed premises where security assisted him.

The 26-year-old followed the driver and was apprehended by security.
Police attended and conducted checks on the 26-year-old driver’s license, which revealed he was disqualified from driving until February 2021.

He was also breath tested, which proved positive.

He was arrested and conveyed to Penrith Police Station where he was subject to further breath analysis, returning a positive reading of 0.133.

The man was charged with ‘common assault’, ‘take and drive conveyance without consent of owner’, ‘drive motor vehicle during disqualification period’ and ‘drive with middle range PCA’.

He will appear at Penrith Local Court on Monday, October 12.

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