5.4.16

Bronx man arrested after leading cops on chase after taking wheel from uber driver

imageA 20-year-old Bronx man was arrested for leading cops on a high speed chase after taking the wheel when his Uber driver got tired.

Juan Carlos hired Uber driver Corey Robinson, 43, to drive him 200 miles Saturday from Philadelphia to a college in central New York, Trooper Nathan Riegal of the New York State Police said.

At about 5:35 a.m., on Interstate 81, near Binghampton, state troopers spotted Robinson’s 2016 Hyundai Sonata going 86 mph in a 65 mph zone.

When troopers tried stop the car, Carlos, who was at the wheel, sped up and tried to elude them, exiting the interstate.

The cops briefly lost sight of the Hyundai, but then found it a few minutes later in Colesville, where it had crashed into a guard rail.

Robinson told cops that during the ride he became tired and asked Carlos to drive while he took a nap. He later awoke with a jolt and asked why Carlos was driving so fast.


Carlos said it was because the police were chasing them. Robinson demanded that Carlos pull over, but he refused, according to Robinson.

Both Robinson and Carlos suffered minor injuries in the crash and were treated and released from a hospital in Johnson City.

Carlos was charged with fleeing police and driving without a license. Robinson was not charged.

“Both the driver-partner and rider have been suspended from the platform while we look into the matter,” said Uber spokeswoman Alix Anfang. “We are reaching out to the authorities to assist in their investigation."

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