Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft are relatively popular among groups who otherwise do not have or want a designated driver. Police in Texas say one group's plan to use Uber after a night out drinking backfired when they ended up getting into a vehicle with a driver who was allegedly intoxicated. The Uber driver has since been charged with drunk driving.
The driver had been providing rides in the early hours of the morning on a recent Thursday. She was later pulled over at approximately 1:30 a.m., shortly after providing a ride to a group of three passengers who had recently left a bar. It is not clear if her passengers thought she might have been intoxicated or if they had contacted authorities, but police also said her vehicle had been spotted speeding and drifting across lanes of traffic.
During the traffic stop, the woman told police that she was an Uber driver in the process of picking up her passengers. However, police say they detected a strong smell of alcohol on the woman, and had her get out of the vehicle for further questioning. Although she initially denied having had anything to drink, she reportedly did not perform well on field sobriety tests and allegedly grew frustrated. A warrant for a blood sample was secured after she apparently refused to participate in a blood draw.
Drunk driving charges can profoundly impact defendants' lives. Most people in Texas also face immediate consequences at work, including this woman who lost access to the Uber platform despite being only arrested and not convicted. Because of these severe, real-life consequences, it is important for Texas defendants to take these matters quite seriously. This includes taking proactive steps towards criminal defense planning, such as reviewing charges and related evidence.