Bicyclist claims Uber driver stopped car to assault him

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A cyclist says he was bloodied and beaten by an Uber driver.

“Really surprising,” said Paul Jeffery.

Jeffery says he was riding his bike along Southeast Salmon Street, near Sunnyside School, when he heard the revving of an engine coming from behind him. Jeffery said a car with an Uber sticker sped by him. 

“I call out to him, ‘you’re going too fast,’” said Jeffery.

Jeffery says the driver pulled over and got out of his car. According to Jeffery, the man threw him against a parked car and punched him at least four or five times.

“I was freaked out,” said Jeffery. “There is no way I could’ve provoked him to do that kind of thing.”

Jeffery believes the Uber driver was off duty at the time of the incident. A spokesman for the company says they take allegations like this seriously and they are looking in to the case. Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau are investigating, too.

“We’re all humans trying to share a public space,” added Jeffery.