An Uber driver in Southern California was pulled over last night and blew three times the legal limit. He was reportedly on his way to pick up his third (or fourth) fare for the night. The 46-year-old Uber driver Robert Wing was pulled over by Simi Valley police around 1:40am. Wing had allegedly been partying after the Super Bowl and thought it would be a good time to earn some extra cash. Wing apparently couldn't remember if he had picked up two or three fares already before he was pulled over.
It's not the first time that an Uber driver has been caught driving passengers while drunk. But it might be the most shocking for people who are fans of the ride-hailing service. The legal limit for driving in the State of California is .08 but the driver blew a .25.
Apparently Wing wanted to make sure he didn't lose his buzz because police found two cans of Coors Light in the car. There's no word if the passengers that Wing had previously picked up noticed anything strange nor what rating they gave to Wing.
"The driver was unaware of his physical location due to his impairment and was relying on his GPS to direct him where to go," the Simi Valley Police Department said in a statement. Wing was booked for DUI and later released.
Gizmodo has reached out to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick for comment but had not heard back at time of publication. But you have to admit that when it comes to driving a semi-legal taxi, alcohol is the ultimate disruption.
Images via KTLA and the Simi Valley Police Department