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New Jersey man avoids DUI with $1,600 Uber ride

With ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber and old-fashioned cabs available throughout New Jersey, there is no excuse to drive drunk. Sadly, having safe options to get home does not stop thousands of New Jerseyites from driving drunk every year. Sometimes, one of these negligent drinkers crashes a terrible car crash in which somebody gets severely hurt.

We’re happy every time someone chooses not to drink and drive, though few would go to the (accidental) extremes that a New Jersey man did recently. Perhaps due to some alcohol-related confusion with the app, the man ordered a $1,635 Uber ride and travelled across two states to get home.

The ride of a lifetime

According to The Associated Press, the man was on a trip to West Virginia and was staying in Morgantown, near the campus of West Virginia University. It appears he was drinking heavily and ordered an Uber ride on his phone.

The man made two mistakes. First, he ordered himself an UberXL, a more expensive type of Uber meant for groups of up to six. More importantly, he requested a ride back to his New Jersey home -- more than 300 miles away.

Apparently, the man quickly passed out upon entering his Uber car. Two hours later, the driver woke him up. Somewhat sobered up, the man was very confused but finished the ride. Including money for tolls, his fare came to $1,635.

Picking up the tab

That’s a steep price for anyone to pay. Fortunately for this man, a Freehold-based food delivery company announced that it was paying the fare out of respect for the man’s decision not to drink and drive.

We wish everybody in New Jersey took public safety so seriously. But they don’t. If you have been hit by a drunk driver, you could be facing expensive medical bills and painful, debilitating injuries. A conversation with an experienced personal injury attorney would help you understand your options for compensation.

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