An Uber driver was arrested after he allegedly pulled a gun on a passenger who said he thought he was going to vomit in the car, police say.
The 67-year-old driver, Patrick McDonald, picked up a group of passengers in Bradenton, Florida, on January 22.
As McDonald was driving the passenger’s home, one of the men stated that he did not feel well and asked McDonald if he would pull the car over in case he began to vomit, a probable cause affidavit states.
When McDonald pulled over, the passenger stated that he no longer felt like he was going to be sick, according to the affidavit. McDonald then told the man that he needed to get out of the car and told him not to throw up in his $75,000 Lexus, the document states.
McDonald allegedly attempted to pull the passenger out of the car and began arguing with him, police said. While standing in an “aggressive fighting stance,” McDonald allegedly reached into the driver side of the car, pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, and pointed it directly at the passenger, the affidavit states.
While being interviewed by police, McDonald allegedly admitted to grabbing the gun out of the car, but said he did so because he was in fear for his life after hearing the passengers making threats, court documents state. He denied pointing the gun at the passenger.
McDonald was charged with aggravated assault and battery. He has pleaded not guilty.
He was released from custody after posting $2,500 bond and is due back in court on February 26. HLN was unable to reach McDonald and his attorney declined to comment on the case.
Uber did not immediately respond to HLN’s request for comment.