A Burbank resident is suing Uber, alleging he was attacked by a driver for the ride-hailing company, resulting in a a broken wrist and other injuries, for attempting to eat French fries in the man’s car.
Eric James Archer’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges assault, battery, negligence and negligent hiring, retention and supervision. The complaint filed Friday seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
An Uber representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Archer says he went to the Tiki Ti bar in Hollywood on Feb. 7 and called for an Uber ride about 2 a.m. At Archer’s request, the driver — identified in the complaint only as “Nelson,” drove entered the drive-thru lane of a nearby McDonald’s so the plaintiff could buy a cheeseburger combo meal, the suit says. Around the same time, Archer’s girlfriend called and the two were on the line for less than a minute, according to the complaint.
After Archer reached into the McDonald’s bag for some fries, the driver went into a “rage,” canceled the ride and ordered him out of the car at Hollywood Boulevard and Wilton Avenue, the suit alleges. Archer walked 10 feet and then threw his drink at the driver’s car, then walked away and called for a second Uber ride, according to his court papers.
Unknown to Archer, the Uber driver who approached shortly thereafter was the same person who picked him up the first time, the suit says. The driver got out and approached Archer, who started walking away, but realized he’d misplaced his ring and stopped to try to find it. The delay gave the Uber driver time to catch up to Archer and slam him to the concrete, the suit alleges. The driver then got on top of Archer and hit him two to three times in the head, according to the complaint.
Archer’s girlfriend later took him to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he was treated for a fractured left wrist, severe bruising on his forehead and other injuries, the suit states.