A Dallas County assistant district attorney has been fired after a recording of her abusive rant against an Uber driver went viral on social media. On Friday night, 26-year-old Uber driver Shaun Platt picked up passenger Jody Warner, 32.
Platt said Warner seemed intoxicated and became enraged, telling him not to follow the directions on his GPS, according to Fox4.
He claimed she repeatedly used her position as an assistant district attorney to threaten him. Platt said he asked Warner to get out of his car, but she refused. She even allegedly accused him of kidnapping her. The Uber driver called police for help.
Platt told ABC News, "She kept saying she's an assistant DA and said, 'Who are they going to believe, you or me?' and I said, 'You know what? You're kind of right,' so I took out my phone and I recorded it."
He posted the audio of their verbal altercation to his Facebook page, which he later took down. On his post, he claimed the woman slapped him. Warner can be heard accusing Pratt of kidnapping her in the audio file.
Dallas attorney Pete Schulte is a friend of Warner’s. He does not represent Warner but did tell Fox4, “She's embarrassed. She's wishing she had chosen different words and hadn't used the language she used."
He said that Warner felt threatened and that she never touched the driver. He added that the only reason she brought up her position was that she felt threatened.
An officer arrived at the scene of Pratt and Warner’s altercation and talked with Pratt before driving Warner home. Dallas police released a statement about the incident, concluding, “the officer's involvement was within departmental policies and procedures. No criminal charges filed relating to this incident."
On Tuesday, Warner apologized at a press conference.
“I embarrassed my family, I embarrassed myself. That is not who I am,” she said. “I want to apologize for my language to the district attorney’s office for embarrassing the office that I love very much and respect very much.”
She also defended herself, saying, “I'm not trying to make any accusations against that driver. I don’t know what's in his heart. I can tell you that not everything he said was true. I never touched him. [...] I felt uncomfortable with the route that he was taking me... the route was just a different way that I'd ever been taken.”
In an interview with ABC News, Platt said he believes alcohol was to blame for Warner's behavior. He added that he harbors no bad feelings toward the woman.
In a statement that announced Warner’s termination, District Attorney Faith Johnson said Warner is not facing criminal charges, but that her behavior is contrary to the office's core principle of integrity.