Nov 14, 2017, 11:56 AM ET

Prosecutor fired after fight with Uber driver makes emotional statement: 'I was wrong'


After Dallas prosecutor Jody Warner was fired from her job in the district attorney's office for an altercation with an Uber driver, she apologized for her actions, saying today, "I was wrong."

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"I'm very sorry for the language I used. I'm not proud of it," Warner said at a press conference as she fought back tears. "I appreciate being given the opportunity to give my side. I'm not trying to make any accusations against that driver. I don't know what's in his heart. I can tell you that not everything he said was true. I never touched him."

She added, "I'm not ever going to justify anything that I said. There's just a little bit more to it, and I was wrong."

Shaun Platt, 26, said he was driving Warner home from the Capitol Pub in East Dallas last Friday night when she became increasingly upset and insisted he use a different route from the one indicated on his GPS.

"She kept saying she's an assistant DA and said, 'Who are they going to believe, you or me?' and I said, 'You know what? You're kind of right,' so I took out my phone and I recorded it," he told ABC News.

Warner, 32, began cursing and insulting Platt, calling him an "idiot."

At one point she said, "I think this might be a kidnapping," so Platt decided to pull over.

"You're so stupid. I want the cops to come so that they can f--- you up," Warner can be heard saying to Platt on the video recording.

Platt said that he asked Warner to get out of the car and that when she declined, he called the police.

"She actually hit me," he claimed, which Warner later denied. "It was not how I expected the night to go."

Uber encourages riders and drivers to call police or 911 if they feel unsafe or find themselves in an uncomfortable situation, as outlined in the company's driver safety tips. Drivers and passengers may end a trip at any time along the route and reach out to 24-hour customer support.

After police arrived, Platt said he declined to press charges.

"After reviewing this incident and speaking with the complainant who called 911, the Dallas Police Department has determined that the officer's involvement was within departmental policies and procedures," the department said in a statement. "Any further information relating to this incident should be directed to the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. There are no criminal charges filed relating to this incident."

"We expect riders to treat drivers with respect. This rider has been removed from the app while we continue to look into this incident," a spokesperson for Uber told ABC News.

The argument led to Warner's firing on Monday by Dallas District Attorney Faith Johnson.

"After careful consideration and a thorough investigation, I have decided to terminate Ms. Warner. Although criminal charges have not been filed, her behavior is contrary to this office's core principle of integrity, and it will not be tolerated," Johnson said in a statement. "As public servants, we represent the people of Dallas County and are examples of justice, professionalism and ethical behavior both inside and outside of the courtroom. I will not waver on my expectation of the highest integrity for myself or my staff. I will continue to run this office with transparency and respect for the justice system and the community we serve. I encourage you, the public, to look beyond this incident and recognize that our prosecutors work hard each day to seek justice on your behalf."

Warner first responded to the video in a statement, saying, "I cringe whenever I hear or think about the things that I said that night. It was unacceptable, and no one deserves to be called names."

She continued, "That being said, the audio doesn't tell you that I was in a situation that made me feel very uncomfortable, and I became defensive and eventually angry. I NEVER assaulted my driver or touched him in any way. All I wanted to do was get home safely that night."

Platt said he was sorry the altercation "cost [Warner] her job. That was not my intent, but you don't treat people that way."

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  • Dragon Ed

    Well I'm sure that the female prosecutor (Warner) is too young to be experiencing Menopause,, but did it ever occur to anyone that just "maybe" she was experiencing the PEAK of PMS symptoms last Friday night when she was in his Uber car? If not that,, just maybe this Ms. Warner is just outright "BiPolar"? That said,, don't you think we should cut her some slack,, and give her a "break" in that regard? Now when you combine any or ALL of those factors with the fact that the Uber driver DID manifast a bit of strange driving behavior himself (he took her on an unknown route and did not take her home the fastest way),, that factors alone can be enough to set pretty much ANYone over the top! Furthermore,, just WHY would the DA's office outright "fire" her when she was not even "on duty" when she manifested that behavior? She could "challenge" that termination,, and win a huge law suit!

  • mkc5301

    DA Johnson should terminate Ms. Warner's employment rather than Warner herself. Capital punishment is much too harsh in this case.

  • Katie

    Insert alcohol, mask comes off...

  • Doug Avila

    No doubt if this was not recorded she would have claimed the driver was abusive or god forbid accused of a sex crime. She got fired from her public job. She will probably just move to the other side and become a private criminal lawyer defending people like herself.

  • VikVega!!!

    This isn't an apology. It's a long list of excuses. She even blames the driver. I guess this entitled blonde never had a guy ignore her whining before.

  • Harry The Handsom Butcher

    All these people pretending they never snapped at someone lol
    Ya we can all see she acted badly, but all these moral high horses are making the ground reek of manure

  • Berecca

    Alcohol consumption sure does cause a lot of very messed-up stuff to happen.

  • Dajibaski

    She must be proud of being in the news

  • ycplum

    "She kept saying she's an assistant DA and said, 'Who are they going to believe, you or me?'
    "You're so stupid. I want the cops to come so that they can f--- you up,"

    That pretty much killed her credibility in from of any jury. She is useless as a DA.

  • wess32

    Remember... Horrible, entitled, people with status and money will be recorded these days. and held accountable for being a horrible human being! I always have wonderful conversations with Uber drivers...Especially when I'm intoxicated! It's really not that hard to be patient, and cordial to people who are offering you a service.


    Can't stand people like this. I hope she gets what she deserves!

  • The Grim Reaper

    Whatever happened to the good old days when you could abuse people in the service industry with impunity?


    in vino veritas (in wine there is truth). People who behave badly to others drunk, are also the same ones that do so sober. Her bad behavior cost her that sweet Assistant District Attorney job. Now maybe she will be behind the wheel of an Uber to try and make ends meet.

  • hkzombie1

    I watched this woman's public apology and decided, that even sober, I would not trust her, let alone hire her as my attorney.

    Crying, lying, sticking to her fake story... She is in the LAW profession for godssakes!

  • hkzombie1

    Her worst offense apart from all the harassment of the uber driver, was still claiming to have been afraid. And stickiJust imagine if the driver hadn't recorded the in incident. And all the cops could see was a female blonde young woman, an attorney(she would've been screaming that title). A damsel in distress. The driver would be behind bars! If not shot at.

  • coex23

    nice. elitist white woman tries to weep her way out of this. classy. sorry, but she should have apologized and accepted her pink slip and quietly moved out of the spotlight. weeping over and over for such a long press conference is a bit selfish. your 15 minutes are now up: see you greeting me at Walmart.

  • David Tweeddale

    She repeated twice that this is just not who she is ! That's absolutely who she is or she would not have acted that way. The only time real tears seemed to be coming down her face when she said she stated she was fired. She's actually only sorry she got caught and then fired. Don't worry folks she will be showing up in a court room somewhere near you to continue being a mean b--ch and jack with people's lives.

  • Pelroy Strongarm

    ..definitely a Rule #3 Violation there... nevertheless, Guys and Dolls probably has an opening for a pole dancer

  • chopsteex

    Living in Dallas, these pretentious girls are a dime a dozen. Plastic, arrogant, soulless, gold-digging hoes all over town.

    Look, you got caught on video being a rotten person. Your sad insincere apology doesn't fly. .

  • Thud2

    She could claim PMS.