(NEWSER) – Former Taco Bell executive Benjamin Golden has been barred from ever using Uber again, but that could be the least of his problems. The 32-year-old, who was fired after video of him allegedly assaulting an Uber driver went viral, now faces charges of assault and battery, assault on public transportation property, and battery on a public transit employee with injury, reports CNBC. He was charged with misdemeanor assault and public intoxication after the incident on Friday in Costa Mesa, Calif., and prosecutors in Orange County say the video taken by driver Edward Caban helped them decide that the new charges could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
An Uber spokeswoman says Golden—who can be seen in the video slapping and punching Caban after the driver decides Golden is too drunk to give directions and asks him to leave the car—has been permanently barred from the service, the Los Angeles Times reports. Golden, who could face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $20,000, will be arraigned Nov. 17, reports the OC Register. CNBC reports that Golden spent a few days in jail in Kentucky in 2012 after pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
Well this makes me hate the Uber driver even more. When you hear executive you think some suit and tie who takes Lincoln town cars all over the place drinking premium liquors. Not Benjamin Golden. Dude’s just an average time taking shots of tequila getting blasted and taking ubers like regular people minus the whole being an executive of a well established, delicious fast food taco chain. Plus he ain’t like some old dude either. Just a regular bro who’s strong enough to whoop your ass form the back seat and walk away from getting maced after. I said it last time and ill say it again, It was a bad move on the Uber drivers part. You’re suppose to drive around drunk assholes, that’s the point of Uber. Guy did the responsible thing and not drink and drive, but instead you maced his drunk ass and just turned down service to a millionaire probably.