ATLANTA - An Uber trip in Atlanta turned violent when a driver said a woman attacked him, bit him and ripped the windshield wiper off his car.
Yasser Hadi told Atlanta police he was dropping off a passenger when a barefoot woman in a bikini top, later identified as Tasheena Campbell, approached him and began an argument over nothing. Bystanders captured the Aug. 18 incident on cellphone video.
One video shared on Twitter appears to show Campbell sit on the hood of Hadi’s car and use her foot to pry off the windshield wiper. Hadi is shown standing beside the car, apparently bewildered, as the woman accuses him of some wrongdoing.
Things got physical when the woman made a beeline for the driver’s seat, and Hadi pulled her out of the car and tossed her to the ground. She appears to swing for Hadi’s face as bystanders advise the man not to strike back.
He was holding her behind him when she clamped down on his left side with her teeth, according to a police report obtained by AJC.com. The bite broke the skin under his left arm on his ribcage.
Hadi, who lives in Decatur, Georgia, was treated at the scene by Grady Memorial Hospital medics but refused further treatment, police said.
Campbell, 26, of LaGrange, Georgia, was arrested on charges of battery and criminal trespass. She reportedly told arresting officers she was at a pool party nearby and noticed her purse was missing.
She apparently blamed Hadi and the crowd of bystanders for the theft, according to the report. When she was taken to the police station, officers learned Campbell had two active warrants out of Pike and Troup counties on charges of a traffic offense and simple assault.
She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment of “underlying medical issues” after further incidents at the station, police said. Campbell was booked on Aug. 20 into the Fulton County Jail, where she remains Thursday in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Hadi told KABC the experience was singular in the nearly five years he has driven for the rideshare company.
“The pain is horrible pain," he told KABC. "A dog does not bite like this.”
Hadi, who said he does not have health insurance, started a GoFundMe to help with medical expenses and the damage to his car. The campaign had raised more than $1,000 of its $10,000 goal on Thursday.
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