A Dallas prosecutor is out of a job after a drunken rant at an Uber driver in which she claimed he had kidnapped her.
The Dallas County assistant district attorney was fired Monday following allegations by a 26-year-old Uber driver who said she berated and hit him while he gave her a ride late Friday night, according to the Dallas Morning News.
“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,” District Attorney Faith Johnson said in a written statement Monday after a “thorough investigation.”
“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,” Johnson said, announcing Jody Warner had been fired.
— 1080 KRLD (@KRLD) November 13, 2017
The 32-year-old prosecutor, who had worked in the office for six years in the crimes against children unit, was picked up by Shaun Platt Friday at the Capitol Pub in Old East Dallas and appeared intoxicated, according to the driver, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Platt alleged that Warner seemed to get angrier on the ride and things escalated after he got lost when she told him to follow a route that was different from the GPS directions.
“I said, ‘Should I make a left up here?’ and she refused to answer me,” Platt told the Dallas Morning News.. “She said, ‘You can follow the [expletive] GPS’ and she became increasingly angry, even though I was just trying to get her home.”
Though Warner allegedly slapped Platt’s shoulder, which he said “didn’t hurt that bad,” she reportedly continued to insult him which prompted him to pull over and ask her to exit the vehicle.
“I said, ‘Nope that’s it,’ and I pulled over on the side of the road. I wanted the cops to show up so they could do something about it,” Platt said. “But I didn’t call the cops. I gave her a chance and she kept saying she was a DA and I didn’t want to get her in trouble.”
But he ended the ride on the Uber app as Warner threatened that he was “never going to work again” and that she “knows people.” Platt added that she told him, “Who are they going to believe? I’m a district attorney.”
He decided to call 911 and began to record the rest of the encounter.
“Oh, my God, you’re going to regret this so much,” the passenger could be heard saying in the audio recording. “Just take me home, dude. … Either drop me off at my house, or we’ll wait for the cops because I’m not wrong.”
But she continued to berate the driver.
“You’re a [expletive] idiot,”she said. “We’ll wait for the cops then if that’s what you think is appropriate.”
Platt could be heard asking his passenger to leave the vehicle but she remained inside, getting more agitated.
“Oh my God, you’re an idiot. You are a legitimate retard,” she said. “I want to go home so badly but you’re so stupid I want the cops to come so that they can [expletive] you up, that’s what I want.”
Ignoring the driver’s demands for her to leave the vehicle, she then told him, “Dude, everything’s being reported,” adding, “I’m an assistant district attorney so shut the [expletive] up.”
Warner then apparently thought the driver was up to no good.
“I think this might be kidnapping right now, actually,” she said.
“It’s not kidnapping, ma’am. You’re free to leave,” Platt informed her.
But she continued to accuse him of kidnapping her since he did not take her to the requested destination, while he repeatedly told her to exit the car.
“Under the law, it’s recklessly keeping me from where I was going, and you have done that,” she said. “You’re kidnapping me. You’re committing a third- to first-degree felony, so do you want to take me home?”
After the arrival of police, Platt said he was “totally afraid,” believing he would be arrested while Warner was “let off the hook.”
“She said ‘I’m the DA’ and she said [to the cop] ‘Can I speak with you?’ and he pulled her aside away from me,” Platt said. “Then the cop said ‘You good?’ and I said ‘I guess so.’ I should’ve said, ‘No, I’m not good.’ It was intimidating. I was intimidated.”
He reported the incident to Uber, worried that his passenger would follow through with her threats, and said he only wanted an apology from Warner for “belittling” him and “way worse.” Platt did not, however, intend for Warner to lose her job.
A former Dallas County prosecutor came to Warner’s defense online.
There’s two sides to every event. I hope the public will wait to know all the facts before making their minds up. Jody is an honorable prosecutor and the Dallas Co DAs office is lucky to have her. @debruijneline @dallasnews https://t.co/7R9fCneXcJ
— Lawyer Peter Schulte (@AttyPeteSchulte) November 12, 2017
Warner’s social media pages, including Facebook and Twitter, appear to have been deleted.
Platt felt Warner just could not “treat people like that” but said he forgave her.
“One of the main reasons I forgive her is I know she was intoxicated, that’s another reason — that’s no excuse to treat someone like that just because you’re intoxicated,” he told the Dallas Morning News. “I’m sure she’s a good person when she’s sober.”
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