A 55-year-old female nurse was seen on video choking and biting her Uber driver after waking up from a nap.
According to WFLA this week, Uber driver Michael Hassey Jr., 22, said he responded to a ride request in front of Cask Social Kitchen in Tampa on Saturday, April 17, at around 5 p.m.
“When I first pulled up to pick up the rider, a young group of women approached the car and one of them said, ‘I called an Uber for my mother, can you please get her home safe?'” Hassey told the outlet.
After Hassey promised the daughter he would get her mom home safe, he says Michele Stilwell was asleep for most of the ride.
However, a few blocks from her home, Hassey said she “sprouted up” and became violent.
“She started screaming curse words at me and slapped me in the face,” Hassey said.
In a video obtained by WFLA from an anonymous source, Stilwell was seen scratching, strangling, and biting Hassey while screaming, “My daughter!”
“She sinks into my neck like a pitbull, shaking her head and stuff,” he said.
Prior to the biting, Hassey was seen on video with his hands up, not fighting back.
“I let it happen. I didn’t put my hands back on her because I have two sisters and I was raised to never put my hands on a female.”
Ultimately, Hassey was able to stop the car and break free.
In their report, officials stated that they believe Stilwell was intoxicated. She was arrested and charged with two felony charges of aggravated battery and tampering with a witness. She has since bonded out.
Though Hassey says he has contacted Uber multiple times, he says as of the time of the interview no one from the company had reached out.
“Uber has not done a single thing or communicated with me about this incident.”
After WFLA reached out to the rideshare business, a spokesperson responded with a statement saying, “What’s been described is disturbing. Violence of any kind is not tolerated on the Uber app, and we immediately removed the rider’s access as soon as this was reported to us.”
WATCH the disturbing footage, below: