A woman who coughed on and pepper-sprayed an Uber driver in San Francisco after he asked her to wear a mask has now been arrested. The woman, who went viral in a recent video where she was seen assaulting her driver and coughing on him earlier this week, had earlier accepted her charges and was reportedly planning to turn herself in at a police station. The footage recorded by Uber driver Subhakar Khadka’s dash camera showed how one of the women sitting right behind him jumped at him and tried to take off his mask that eventually broke off and even coughed at him. Now, according to a BBC report, the woman has been arrested.
According to a report by KPIX 5, the footage was shot on Sunday afternoon and according to San Francisco police, one of the women even sprayed what is believed to be pepper spray into the vehicle and towards the driver after leaving the vehicle.
⚠️ : ⚠️ Uber driver Subhakar told me he picked up 3 women in the Bayview yesterday & after asking one to wear a mask was subject to slurs, taunting & one grabbing his phone. He’s taking a few days off.
SFPD is investigating. pic.twitter.com/o99pOooWsw
— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) March 9, 2021
Subhakar had denied the ride to the three customers after they failed to follow the coronavirus prevention rules on Sunday, March 7, 2021 in San Francisco. As the ladies left his car after much-heated argument, King sprayed, what the Police believes to be pepper spray, inside Subhakar’s car. According to a report by DailyMail, the Las Vegas Police Department said that King was taken into custody on charges of assault with a caustic chemical, assault and battery, conspiracy and violation of health and safety code on Thursday.
Since then, Subhakar has started a GoFundMe page where the Nepalese man says that the money would go to his wife and eight-year-old daughter, who are back in Nepal. Speaking to ABC7 News anchor Dion Lim, Subhakar said that he kept his cool during the entire disturbing event because that is his culture where people respect, listen and that is all he could do at that time.
The incident has certainly affected him and he has taken a few days off.