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Uber driver assaulted by drunk passengers

Posted at 12:20 PM, May 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-12 12:20:55-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV/CNN) - No Uber driver wants drunk people throwing up in the car.

When it happened to one driver in San Diego, he asked the riders to get out of his car.

He's the one who ended up having to jump out before he could even stop.

The crash at first glance may looked like any other.

A car smashed into a wall, a sign knocked over nearby.

But the story of how it got here, one you don't hear everyday.

"I've done 4,999 rides with good people and one with a bad person," said Rob Perelman.

Perelman gave that bad ride sometime after 1 a.m. Thursday.

He said when he saw the two riders, he knew almost immediately that they were drunk.

"My gut feeling said drive away, but I'm here to give people rides home, and I said 'you know what, we've all been the drunk guy trying to get home from the bar, let me just give these guys a ride home,' " he said.

The problem is they only made it roughly two blocks.

"The guy in the back seat starts puking out the window," said Perelman. "And if he can't make it two blocks, he's definitely not going to make it 10 minutes."

Perelman pulled over asked the two to get out, even tried opening the door for one of them.

"Still nothing happening, so I say a third time, 'get out of the vehicle or I'm calling 911.' "

Perelman said that's when things got dangerous.

The passenger next to him attacked with a fury of punches.

"And he's not stopping, he's just beyond the point now, probably doesn't know what he's doing, he starts just throwing punches at my head, I can't get him to stop. I've got my glasses on, he knocks my glasses off," he said.

Perelman said he was left with two options, take the beating-or jump out.

With the car, still in drive, he took option two then running to a nearby house to call police.

The riders took off leaving behind a shoe a phone and $5,000 dollars in damages to Perelman's car.

But even with what happened, Perelman said he just wants to get back out on the roads.

"I'm just happy that I was able to get out safely and I've got a few bruises on my head, but I'm able to walk away," he said. "So I'm lucky that it didn't escalate, I didn't know if he's got a gun or knife, I just said let me get out of the car I don't care about the vehicle right now."

Perelman says he wants people to know he still doesn't think Uber is dangerous.

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