Uber driver attacked, pepper sprayed in downtown Milwaukee by passenger claiming to have miscarriage
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Milwaukee Uber driver is attacked, pepper sprayed, and thrown in the street by a passenger.
But more than three months later, she hasn't seen her attacker brought to justice.
Amber Smith was doing her job, driving for Uber. Like any other night, she picked a passenger up near Van Buren and State Street in downtown Milwaukee. The woman claimed she was having a miscarriage.
"She just kept screaming, take me to the hospital, take me to the f-ing hospital," said Smith.
Smith asked the woman to calm down. That's when the passenger started punching her.
"I stopped the car and I said okay, now I need you to get out because you just physically assaulted me. You've been verbally assaulting me since you got in the car," said Smith.
Smith says the passenger wouldn't get out and tried to take her phone and keys.
She left the car to protect herself and got pepper sprayed.
"It felt like my whole eyes were on fire. Then the last thing I saw was her running down the street and she pushed me in the middle of the street. She said, let's see you drive anybody else tonight," said Smith.
The alleged attack happened downtown near the intersection of State Street and Astor while there was still snow on the ground.
"I was in an excruciating amount of pain," said Smith.
A bus driver found her in the street. "Do you need me to call somebody? What happened to you? Who did this to you? I said she attacked me unprovoked. I wasn't even armed. She attacked me unprovoked."
An ambulance took her to the hospital where she reported the attack to police.
Three months later, she has yet to see any justice.
"She assaulted me and potentially blinded me. So something needs to happen to this girl. I want her charged and I want her arrested."
Uber sent a statement saying "What the driver reported is frightening and unacceptable. We have been in touch with the driver and have cooperated with police since the incident."
Milwaukee Police did not immediately respond to questions about the status of the investigation.