Uber driver arrested after injuring passenger in Mesa
PHOENIX – An Uber driver was arrested Friday after allegedly threatening to spray passengers with a can of disinfectant and attempting to shoot them with a firearm, according to authorities.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 60-year-old Peter Caso at his residence after deputies responded to a shooting near Alma School Road and the Red Mountain Loop 202 Freeway around 1 a.m. on Friday.
Passengers told deputies that during the ride, a verbal altercation took place between the passengers and the driver. The driver proceeded to exit the freeway at Alma School Road and stopped the vehicle.
The passengers were removed from the vehicle. The driver allegedly threatened to spray the passengers with a can of disinfectant spray, and he removed a firearm and fired one round towards the ground, according to authorities.
One of the bullets richoeted and struck one of the passengers in the lower leg. The passenger received minor injuries and was treated and released by fire personnel at the scene.
The driver fled the scene before MCSO deputies arrived.
One of the victims was able to get a photo of the car as it left the scene. MCSO detectives were able to use that information to identify Caso.
Caso was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on multiple charges including one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, four counts of endangerment, one count of assault with reckless injury and one count of disorderly conduct with a weapon.