MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - A 37-year-old-man has been arrested after he allegedly stole his Uber driver’s vehicle in Charlotte County on Wednesday evening.
Charlotte County deputies responded to I-75 near Exit 64 around 6:15 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from the victim. The victim told deputies he picked Andrew Sullivan from a treatment center in Fort Myers with the intention of driving him to treatment center in Plant City.
According to the victim, Sullivan said he was going to be sick. The victim pulled over the car and got out to check on Sullivan. After helping Sullivan into the back seat, the victim told deputies that he went back to get in the driver’s seat, but Sullivan had jumped into and took off, leaving him stranded on the side of the road.
The Uber driver flagged down a passing driver and called 911 while getting a ride to Exit 170.
Charlotte County deputies alerted surrounding agencies and deputies from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle, undamaged, at the intersection of I-75 and State Road 64.
Sullivan was found near the vehicle and taken into custody. He’s charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle.