An Uber driver has confessed to pulling a pocket knife on a customer, according to St. Augustine Police.
Investigators say they were called to Martin Luther King Avenue and Bridge Street early Saturday morning because of a reported assault. The victim and two friends told police that they were in an Uber heading to their Airbnb, when their Uber driver pushed him to the ground and pulled out a small knife.
Police found the suspect- 52-year-old Ronald Patterson- at his home, based on the tag number given by the victim and his friends.
The arrest report says Patterson became angry when the passenger door in his vehicle opened twice during the trip. One of the men in the car said Patterson said they “couldn’t mess with him”, and he then stopped and pulled one of them out of the car. The other men got out of the car to help their friend, at which point Patterson allegedly pulled the knife.
The arrest report says Patterson told police the group was drunk and acting belligerent, and he pulled the knife to defend himself. Police say the men appeared to be calm and not intoxicated.