Passenger drives himself home because Uber driver was too drunk

An Uber passenger has been forced to drive himself home when he allegedly discovered that his Uber driver was too drunk to drive.

The aggrieved passenger identified as Surya Oruganti has claimed that he booked the Uber after arriving at India’s Kempegowda International Airport, however, he was disappointed upon an entry into the vehicle as he discovered the male motorist ‘drunk and drowsy’.

He decided to take matters into his own hands by proceeding to drive himself home over 30km after moving the driver from behind the wheel to avoid unforeseen circumstances.

The passenger documented the bizarre incident on Twitter, sharing footage and images of the driver asleep in the passenger seat.

“The ride back from Bangalore airport was not quite what I expected,” he wrote on Twitter on September 9.

“The driver was drunk and drowsy. I had to pull the car over to the side and I drove all the way home.”

Mr Oruganti also claims the man’s identity did not match with the driver the app claimed picked him up

He tagged Uber India in his post urging the company to “fix this” as it is a “serious safety issue”.

Uber responded to Mr Oruganti’s post saying their safety team was addressing the incident.

The company told Indian news site The News Minute that the driver had been removed from their database.

“This is a regrettable and concerning incident,” an Uber spokesperson said.

“While we take all possible measures to ensure that drivers behind the wheel match the person shown on the app, in rare instances, when this doesn’t happen, we encourage riders to cancel their rides immediately and report the issue on the app.

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