The shocking moment captured on camera about an abusive Lyft passenger who attacked her driver and wiped her nose on the car’s backseat.
St. Petersburg police said that they have arrested 28-year-old Stephanie M. Young, after being accused of assaulting Lyft driver Michelle Jennings.
Young has been charged with one count of simple battery. She was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, and her bail has been set at $500.
Jennings wrote about her experience on YouTube.
“After she used my seat cover as a tissue, she yelled at me and then she leaned in. I knew something was coming. She spit, pulled hair and threw bows.
“But she wasn’t expecting me to return fire. Not even losing a handful of hair could keep me from protecting myself. Yes, I had goose bumps, I was not really scared more seeing red and trying to keep my wits.
“I could have done more damage, just like she could have. Thankfully I am alive and relatively unscathed, but who knew how sore I’d be today. Hopefully, she feels just the same,” Jennings wrote.
According to the police investigation, Young got into Jennings’ car. About a mile into the trip, Young tore off a headrest and blew her nose into it.
Young then began yelling abuse at Jennings. Jennings turned on her video camera and recorded the rest of the trip. Young then pulls herself forward so she can cough on Michelle.
Completely bewildered and frustrated with her passenger, the driver eventually pulls into a parking lot and asks a nearby security guard to call the police.
While Jennings is trying to alert authorities, Young swats and spits on her, after which instance Jennings drops the recording device, but lets it continue recording.
Jennings claims that Young grabbed her during the physical altercation and wouldn’t let go. After the security guard implored Young to release her grip, she reportedly took off into the night, running in a random direction.
Even though viewers of the video can’t see the two women brawling, Jennings described the altercation as intense.
“Yes, I had goose bumps, I was not really scared more seeing red and trying to keep my wits. I could have done more damage, just like she could have,” Michelle’s YouTube video description reads. “Thankfully I am alive and relatively unscathed…but who knew how sore I’d be today. Hopefully she feels me just the same.”