The Dallas County District Attorney's office fired one of its assistant attorneys Monday after an Uber driver released a recording he said was the attorney insulting him and accusing him of kidnapping.
On Monday, District Attorney Faith Johnson revealed the firing in a statement, announcing that a "thorough investigation" had been conducted.
The DA continued, "As public servants, we represent the people of Dallas County and are examples, of justice, professionalism, and ethical behavior both inside and outside of the courtroom".
The incident that led to her dismissal happened on Friday after Shaun Platt picked her up outside a Dallas pub. He said he proceeded to pull over but initially hesitated to call the police, saying he wanted to give Warner a "chance" after she told him she was a district attorney.
During the ride, Warner, who was apparently in an inebriated state, reportedly struck and hurled insults at Platt after he asked her to clarify directions to her residence.
Warner: "We'll wait for the cops". "But I didn't call the cops".
"You're kidnapping me", she continued.
Texas prosecutor is fired after an Uber driver...
"Who are they going to believe? I'm a district attorney".
The woman proceeds to tell the driver that "everything's being recorded" as he continues to ask her to just get out of the vehicle.
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After police arrived, Platt said he was "totally afraid" and thought he would be arrested. "You are a legitimate ret*rd. what a joke", the woman on the audio file says.
"Then we'll wait for the cops, Jesus Christ, you're a [expletive] idiot in a stupid [expletive] hat", the passenger continues.
He ended the ride early on the Uber app and asked her to get out of his vehicle. "I'm an assistant district attorney so shut the [expletive] up". The situation became even tenser when, at Warner's request, the driver changed his GPS-directed route and lost his way.
"I think this might be kidnapping right now, actually", she said.
"It's not kidnapping, ma'am".
Platt: "I'm asking you politely to please step out of my vehicle". "You're free to leave", Platt said. "I want to go home so badly but you're so stupid". Warner was "let off the hook", he said.
"I cringe whenever I hear or think about the things that I said that night", she said.
Uber is also looking into the incident.
Warner responded in a statement of her own, calling her behavior "unacceptable".
A former Dallas County prosecutor came to Ms Warner's defence on Twitter, urging the public not to rush to judgment.
On the tape you can hear Platt repeatedly asking Warner to please get out of his auto. "I mean no harm to her", Platt said.
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