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Portland City Commissioner Who Wants To Slash Police Budget Calls 911 Over Lyft Ride

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Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who has previously called for budget cuts for police, utilized the emergency service Nov. 1 after her Lyft driver cancelled her ride.

Lyft driver Richmond Frost picked Hardesty up at a casino, according to KOIN. Frost kept the windows open in accordance with COVID protocols that Lyft implemented.

Frost told police that Hardesty  “became irate when he refused to roll the windows up,” according to Fox News. He then pulled into a gas station and canceled the ride, asking Hardesty to leave the vehicle. However, Hardesty allegedly refused to get out of the car because “it was cold and she was a woman and alone,” per the same report.

She then called 911 and told police she would not get out in the dark, according to audio obtained by The Oregonian.

“I am not going to allow him to leave me on the side of the road. I paid for a ride and he says he canceled it, so I’m just going to sit here until he sends me another ride,” Hardesty said, adding that she called the cops first because Frost allegedly threatened to call the cops on her for not exiting his vehicle.

“Technically it’s his property,” the dispatcher said. “And you have a civil agreement and there’s no crime involved.”

The dispatcher also told Hardesty that it is her obligation, not Frost’s, to hail another ride.

Frost then called 911, telling dispatch Hardesty refused to get out of the car, per the audio.

“I’ve got a customer that I canceled the ride,” Frost said. “I’m a rideshare driver and I canceled the ride, and I’ve taken her off the free… (Read more)