February 10, 2016 12:00 am

California Uber driver arrested for DUI after Super Bowl 50

A man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco on Dec. 16, 2014.

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An Uber driver is accused of drunk driving while en route to pick up a fare in southern California Sunday.

According to the  Simi Valley Police Department, the man told police that after watching the Super Bowl at a local bar,  he was “trying to make some extra cash” by picking up a few customers despite having a blood alcohol level of 0.25 per cent.

The police statement said an officer noticed a “vehicle approaching a green light, and was slowing. This caught his attention as well as the fact he also observed the vehicle had no front license plate.”

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The driver was pulled over and told Officer Kevin Wilmott that he was on his way to pick up a passenger, after having already driven a couple of fares around.

“The driver was unaware of his physical location due to his impairment and was relying on his GPS to direct him where to go,” the statement said.

Forty-six-year-old Robert Wing has been charged with driving under the influence.

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In a statement released to NBC Los Angeles, Uber said they have cancelled Wing’s access.

“We have a zero tolerance policy for alcohol or drug use for anyone driving on the Uber platform,” the statement said. “We are clearly disappointed to hear that something like this could have occurred and have permanently removed this driver-partner’s access to Uber.”

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