December 10, 2023

A Florida Uber driver is accused of utilizing a stolen rental automobile to offer rides after which leaving the automobile operating for weeks to keep away from it being disabled, deputies stated.

The 27-year-old Uber driver was renting a Chevy Equinox from an organization in Orange County when he stopped making funds, in accordance with an Oct. 26 information launch from the Polk County Sheriff’s Workplace.

The rental firm reported the car as stolen, deputies stated, and referred to as the motive force daily concerning the lacking funds.

The corporate had put in units of their rental autos that may very well be remotely activated to cease the automobile from restarting within the case that somebody stopped paying for the car, the sheriff’s workplace stated.

However the driver knew about this characteristic, so as a substitute of returning the Equinox or making the funds, he selected to depart the car operating for “three straight weeks” to forestall it being disabled, in accordance with the discharge.

Throughout that point, he was utilizing the automobile to drive for Uber, together with on the evening of Oct. 24, deputies stated.

The motive force was taking a pair visiting from the UK to their lodging the place they’d be attending their very own wedding ceremony per week later, the sheriff’s workplace stated.