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Uber driver arrested for attempting to shoot officers

POSTED:MAY 25 2016 06:37PM EDT

GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Montgomery County police have arrested an Uber driver for attempted murder after police said he tried to shoot two officers with a homemade weapon.

Police have charged 52-year-old Jonathan Hemming with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder and other assault, firearms-related and drug-related charges.

Hemming, who was wanted on outstanding warrant for drug-related charges, was being surveilled by detectives in the 16000 block of Comprint Court in Gaithersburg last Wednesday afternoon on May 18. He was seen entering his landlord's car in which he sometimes used to provide rides and detectives approached Hemming to arrest him.

Uber driver arrested for attempting to shoot officers

Police said Hemming then became combative and attempted to resist arrest, reaching into the vehicle to grab a homemade handgun that was capable of firing shotgun rounds. After he pointed the weapon at the detectives, a Taser was used to apprehend him.

Hemming also had a second homemade handgun, shotgun shells and ammunition for a handgun in his pants pockets.

Police said Hemming made the homemade guns ready to fire in order to avoid reloading, indicating he was “prepared to fire upon multiple targets.”

Hemming is a convicted felon in Ohio and Florida. Uber will not say how long he drove for the company or if customers felt safe with him as their driver.

In a statement, an Uber spokesperson said, "Upon learning of these allegations, we immediately removed the driver's access to the platform. We have been in contact with law enforcement to assist in their investigation in any way we can."

Uber said the company performed a standard background check on Hemming, who lives in Gaithersburg. But they would not say how his lengthy criminal record still allowed him to be a driver for the ride-sharing company.

Of course there is a degree of pre-screening that is an important part of that, but the technology is designed to ensure that before, during and after the trip, people have a way to get to access and get in touch and feel safe whenever they need to,” said Meghan Joyce, the East Coast General Manager for Uber.

Hemming is being held without bond.

Uber driver arrested after 100 mph chase, CHP says

Kale Williams | on March 15, 2016

An Uber driver who fled from officers who tried to pull him over for having his high beams on ended up getting shot with a stun gun and arrested after leading the California Highway Patrol on a high-speed chase through at least five East Bay cities, authorities said Tuesday.

It started just before 9 p.m. Monday when a CHP officer tried to pull over 37-year-old Idrees Zalmy of Newark, who was alone in his car at the time, on eastbound Interstate 80 near San Pablo Dam Road in San Pablo, said Officer Sean Wilkenfeld, a CHP spokesman.

Zalmy led officers on a chase through Richmond, Albany, Emeryville, Berkeley and into Oakland, sometimes pushing his Toyota Camry to speeds in excess of 100 mph, Wilkenfeld said.

The chase ended on southbound I-880 near High Street in Oakland when officers threw down spike strips, popping Zalmy’s tires and disabling his vehicle, Wilkenfeld said.

The driver got out of the car but refused to obey orders to surrender, Wilkenfeld said, and officers used a stun gun to subdue him before placing him under arrest.

Zalmy listed his occupation as an Uber driver, according to county jail records, but Wilkenfeld said he was alone in the car at the time of the pursuit.

An Uber representative said Zalmy had signed up as a driver for the company only about a week and a half before Monday night’s incident, had picked up only six fares during that time, and was not logged on to the ride-hailing service when the chase began.