An Uber driver was driving a Dallas prosecutor home from a bar when he claims the woman got angry at him for getting lost, physically and verbally attacked him, and then accused him of kidnapping her.
Shaun Platt, 26, recorded a portion of his interaction with Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Jody Warner, who can be hurling expletives at the driver, repeatedly calling him ‘an idiot,’ and demanding that he take her home, despite his pleas that she get out of the car.
The District Attorney’s Office sent a statement to DailyMail.com Monday evening announcing Warner’s termination.
‘After careful consideration and a thorough investigation, I have decided to terminate Ms. Warner,’ District Attorney Faith Johnson stated. ‘Although criminal charges have not been filed, her behavior is contrary to this office’s core principle of integrity, and it will not be tolerated.
‘As public servants, we represent the people of Dallas County and are examples of justice, professionalism, and ethical behavior both inside and outside of the courtroom. I will not waiver on my expectation of the highest integrity for myself or my staff.’
Dallas Uber driver Shaun Platt, 26 (left) says Dallas prosecutors Jody Warner, 32 (right) got angry at him for getting lost and went on an expletive-filled rant on Friday
Speaking to the Dallas Morning News, Platt said it all started when he picked up Warner, 32, at Capitol Pub in Old East Dallas on Friday night.
The Uber driver said Warner appeared inebriated and angry, and things only got worse after the passenger told him to follow a route that was different from the GPS directions, which caused him to get lost.
‘I said, “Should I make a left up here?” and she refused to answer me,’ Platt said. ‘She said, “You can follow the [expletive] GPS” and she became increasingly angry, even though I was just trying to get her home.’
According to Platt, Warner continued name-calling and berating him. She also slapped him on the shoulder, which prompted the driver to pull over on the side of the road and ask the passenger to exit the vehicle.
Platt said he wanted to call police right away but decided to give Warner a chance to leave on her own, as she continued saying she was a DA.
Fed up with his customer’s antics, Platt ended the ride on the Uber app. He says Warner threatened him that he was ‘never going to work again and told him she ‘knows people.’
‘”Who are they going to believe? I’m a district attorney,”‘ the ride-sharing driver quoted Warner as warning him.
Platt eventually called 911 to summon police and turned on the recording device.
‘Oh, my God, you’re going to regret this so much,’ Warner says in the audio recording obtained by the Morning News.
She later calls the driver ‘a f***ing idiot,’ ‘a legitimate retard’ and ‘stupid.’
‘I want to go home so badly but you’re so stupid I want the cops to come so that they can f*** you up, that’s what I want,’ Warner tells Platt.
Ignoring Platt’s repeated demands that she exit his car, Warner is heard in the audio telling him: ‘I’m an assistant district attorney so shut the f*** up.’
The situation then takes an unexpected turn when the 32-year-old prosecutor accuses Platt of kidnapping her by refusing to take her to her destination, even though the driver points out that she is free to leave.
‘Under the law, it’s recklessly keeping me from when i was going, and you have done that, ‘ she tells the man. ‘You’re kidnapping me. You’re committing a third- to first-degree felony.’
Platt again asks the woman to get out, but she remains inside his vehicle until the arrival of police.
Platt says Warner began belittling and name-calling him, and slapped him on his shoulder
In an audio recording made by Platt, a woman believed to be Warner can be heard warning Platt that he is going to regret calling police and calling him ‘an idiot’
The Uber driver said he was afraid Warner would get him arrested because she introduced herself to the officers as ‘the DA’ and pulled them aside for a chat.
In the end, one of the cops asked him,’you good?’ to which Platt replied, ‘I guess so.’ In retrospect, he says he felt intimated.
Warner left the scene in the police cruiser and Platt went on to pick up and drop off two more passengers that night.
According to her LinkedIn page, Warner earned her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and joined the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in February 2011, working in the crimes against children division.
Before Warner’s firing was announced Monday, Platt said he wanted an apology from Warner for her conduct, but he did not wish Warner to lose her job.
Pete Schulte, a former Dallas County prosecutor, came to his colleague’s defense on Twitter, urging people to reserve judgement.
‘There’s two sides to every event,’ Schulte tweeted. ‘Jody is an honorable prosecutor and the Dallas Co DA’s office is lucky to have her.’