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Posted inCrime

Despite hit-and-run, arrest in Berkeley, Uber driver still finds time to charge fee

Image: Google Maps A 27-year-old Hayward man dropping off an Uber fare in Berkeley flew into a “fit of rage” when he found his route blocked, then drove into a community service officer repeatedly Saturday night before fleeing police and ultimately being arrested, according to rider and police accounts. The rider, a UC Berkeley student, and […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Sleeping Uber passenger has wallet stolen; driver charged with ID theft

Berkeley Police station. Photo: Emilie Raguso The Alameda County district attorney’s office has charged a 30-year-old San Francisco woman with felony identity theft after police say she stole the wallet of a passenger who fell asleep during an Uber ride to Berkeley, then used her credit cards at stores around the Bay Area. According to […]

Posted inCity

City of Berkeley may consider ride-sharing rules for companies like Uber, Lyft, Sidecar

Taxi drivers in Berkeley are asking for rules to govern ride-sharing competitors. Photo: Nick A Berkeley councilman has asked the city to require ride-sharing companies to have business licenses and safety standards, and wants protection for disabled access to be part of those new rules. Similar discussions about regulating the ride-sharing industry — which was popularized by companies […]