Officers arrested a Provo man who they say was intoxicated when he called police on his Uber driver after she rejected his advances and kicked him out of her car, then he tried to steal her car keys and cellphone.
The incident happened just after 11 p.m. Monday. A woman who was working as an Uber driver called police to report “that a male who was intoxicated had asked her to come up to his room multiple times and she refused multiple times. She stated that she hit her brakes and told the suspect ... to get out of her car,” a police booking affidavit states.
The man, 37, then tried to grab the woman’s car keys, at which point she said she was going to call 911, according to the affidavit. Police say he was unsuccessful in grabbing the woman's phone and got out of the car, but left his own cellphone in the back seat.
As police were investigating the incident, the man called emergency dispatchers to report that the Uber driver was intoxicated because she “did not take the correct route to his house so he believed she was drunk,” the affidavit states.
He claimed that’s why he tried to take the woman’s keys. Police, however, noted that the Uber driver showed no signs of impairment.
“I could clearly smell alcohol coming from (the man) and he was slurring his speech,” the arresting officer wrote in his affidavit.
After he was placed under arrest, officers said the man fought their efforts to put him into a police patrol car. He then admitted to police he had messed up and “asked if I could take him home and we could forget about the whole thing,” the affidavit states.
He was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of attempted robbery, obstructing justice, damaging a phone and intoxication.