Deputies: Orlando Uber driver refused ride to blind man, service dog

Posted at 6:59 AM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 12:25:47-04
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- An Uber driver was arrested after deputies say he refused to transport a group of blind people and their service dogs.

Media outlets report 60-year-old Simon Pierre Andre Nau was picking up Robert Stigile, who is blind, and other blind people in Stigile's group Monday night in Orlando.

Stigile says that when Nau showed up, he said, "I don't take dogs." Stigile explained the dogs were service animals and Nau allegedly replied "I don't care."

Stigile says he was standing in the open door frame and felt the car move forward, striking him.

Orange County Sheriff's deputies arrested Nau on charges of failure to transport a blind person with a service dog and battery.

Deputies say Nau laughed about the incident as if he "didn't fully understand that he had broken the law." It's unclear if Nau has an attorney.