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Drunk Prosecutor Fired After Threatening Uber Driver

A former assistant district attorney in Dallas County, Texas, earned herself that former moniker due to her alleged actions, while seemingly intoxicated (seems like the likely explanation), while taking an Uber ride home.

Unfortunately for the former prosecutor, regardless of the fact that the incident remains nothing more than allegations that never materialized into criminal charges, let alone a criminal conviction, the county DA saw it fit to terminate the formerly inebriated prosecutor. In a statement released by the DA, they explained that the termination was justified because "her behavior is contrary to this office's core principle of integrity."

Details of the Bad Deed

The Uber driver alleges that the attorney was drunk at the time he picked her up outside a bar in Dallas. Then, she insisted on him deviating from the route on his GPS. Then, when he got lost, she got angry, berated him and slapped him on the shoulder. Being a good boss to himself, the driver stopped the car and told her to get out. She continued to berate him and refused, so he called 9-1-1. Officers arrived on the scene, and the attorney sat in the back of the patrol car, but was not charged with any crime.

Making the matter a little juicier, the attorney may have threatened the driver using her assistant DA status. On a recording, along with other choice phrases, she can be heard accusing the driver of kidnapping her and telling him: "You're committing a third- to first-degree felony, so do you want to take me home?" Which without the context of her berating him and calling him awful names, could also potential be some rather forward flirting, or the opening plot to a horror film.

Prosecutors: Don't Get Sloppy Drunk in Public

It should be a rule of thumb for any attorney that occupies a public facing, public servant type position: Don't get sloppy drunk in public. Just don't do it unless you're at home or some other private place.

And a close corollary, in case you do get sloppy drunk in public:

  • Don't tell anyone that you're an attorney or public official with authority, and
  • Don't threaten to sue anyone, or take any legal action, or make sure they 'never work in this town again!'

Doing so just leads to embarrassing situations where you will be bested by a customer service representative of some sort, and then potentially put in the back of a police cruiser where the cops will patronize you to get you to calm down and resolve whatever conflict you have because they don't want to have to arrest you and then testify at your trial.

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