Prosecutor loses job after Uber meltdown threatening driver
14 November 2017, 11:24 | Erica Roy
The Dallas County District Attorney made a decision to fire Jody Warner, 32, who had been assigned to the crimes against children division, after media reports featuring an audio recording captured highlighted Warner's alleged abuse of an Uber driver who picked her up from an East Dallas pub.
Platt recorded part of the conversation and accused Warner of hitting, insulting and falsely alleging he was kidnapping her. Platt says he summoned police when Warner refused to exit his vehicle.
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 Global Positioning System directions. The heated encounter between Jody Warner and driver Shaun Platt was caught on camera, and Warner addressed the situation publicly.
"Although criminal charges have not been filed, her behaviour is contrary to this office's core principle of integrity, and it will not be tolerated", Johnson said in a written statement. Johnson urged the public to "look beyond this incident" and understand that prosecutors work hard to seek justice on citizens' behalf. 'She said, "You can follow the [expletive] GPS" and she became increasingly angry, even though I was just trying to get her home'.
On the tape you can hear Platt repeatedly asking Warner to please get out of his vehicle. "I'm a district attorney". "I wanted the cops to show up so they could do something about it", Platt said.
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"The woman is heard warning Platt he was "going to regret this so much", calling him a "[expletive] idiot in a stupid [expletive] hat" and telling him to "shut the [expletive] up". So under the law it's recklessly keeping me from where I was going and you have done that.
'We'll wait for the cops then if that's what you think is appropriate, ' she continued. 'You don't just end a ride ... Platt is heard calmly asking her several times to leave his vehicle.
That's when the ride home took a turn for the worse.
The former prosecutor also apologized for the salty language that she used that night.
Contacted by HuffPost on Monday, a spokesperson for Dallas police said, "We're still trying to gather information about this case".
Assistant District Attorney Jody Warner was sacked Monday over the Friday night incident.
"She's embarrassed", said Dallas attorney Pete Schulte, who says he's a friend of Warner's but does not represent her legally.
According to her LinkedIn page, Jody Warner worked as an assistant district attorney for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office for six years and 10 months, starting in the position in February 2011. People endorsed her for skills including litigation, legal research, and courts. Warner's Facebook page has been deleted. "I think this might be kidnapping right now, actually". When he tried to ask her where to go, she was very hostile. Overnight, Warner denied she ever hit Platt.
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