Published: Monday, March 21, 2016 3:31 p.m. CDT
ST. CHARLES– An Uber driver sought refuge at a St. Charles gas station Sunday night after his passenger attacked him while driving and, once parked, threatened him with a knife, police said.
St. Charles Deputy Police Chief Dave Kintz said the incident began about 10:37 p.m., when the 54-year-old Uber driver picked up St. Charles resident Tyler Royer, 26, in Campton Hills.
The driver was relying on Royer to direct him to the destination, but Royer passed out, Kintz said.
When the driver began speaking loudly to get Royer’s attention, Royer became enraged and started attacking the driver while he was driving, Kintz said. He said Royer reached around the headrest with both hands and grabbed the driver’s face, causing him to almost veer off the road at 45 mph in the area of Peck Road and Route 64 in western St. Charles.
Kintz noted Royer was also punching and kicking the car’s interior. The driver pulled into a gas station at Randall Road and Route 64, Kintz said, adding the driver tried to get Royer out of the car.
“As he’s doing this, Royer has pulled a knife on him,” Kintz said, describing the knife as about 4 inches long.