Drunk Uber Passenger Grabs Wheel As Car Speeds At 100kmh
An Uber driver says he may never pick up passengers again after a drunk rider yanked the wheel as his car sped along a highway at speeds above 100 kilometres an hour.
Albert Castro, a three-year Uber veteran working in the Californian city of Sacramento, said he was lucky to be alive after the terrifying experience over the weekend.
"He goes 'I love you brother' and he lunges for the wheel and grabs and pulls it," Castro told California news outlet KRON 4.
"And it was literally every ounce of strength I had to keep us from I still don't know how we didn't crash."
He had picked up a passenger late on Saturday night, who police said had been drinking at a bar. The passenger, after getting in the car, suddenly grabbed the wheel and attempted to veer the steering wheel as the vehicle travelled along at 65 miles per hour -- nearly 105 km/h.
Castro, a married father of eight, had to slap the man's hand away, trying to keep the passenger restrained with one hand as he steered the car with the other.
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"You gotta let go, man."
It has been reported the passenger faces charges of driving under the influence for his actions.