Florida Uber Driver Accused of Leaving Car Running for 3 Weeks to Evade Payments
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Florida Uber Driver Accused of Leaving Car Running for 3 Weeks to Evade Payments

An Uber driver in Florida is accused of using a stolen rental car to give rides. He kept the car running for three weeks to avoid it being shut down.

The driver, who is 27 years old, was renting a Chevy Equinox. He stopped making payments, so the rental company reported the car as stolen.

They called him every day about the missing payments. The rental company had a way to remotely stop the car from working if the payments weren’t made. But the driver knew about this, so he left the car running instead of paying or returning it.

He used the car for Uber rides during this time. On October 24, he was driving a couple from the UK to their accommodation for their upcoming wedding.

A deputy in Polk County saw the car, realized it was stolen, and called for backup. They surrounded the driver with their patrol cars, stopping him from getting away.

The 27-year-old driver was arrested and charged with stealing a car and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

The stranded couple got a ride from the deputies after taking a photo. Davenport is about 35 miles southwest of Orlando.

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