Lyft CRL Agent Danielle Dame has Driving Crisis of Her Own – DUI Charge

Lyft has a special department to help their drivers that get pulled over, in accidents, or other emergency situations – it’s called the CRL, or Critical Response Line. The agents are staffed here in Nashville, and one of those agents here in East Nashville that normally helps others through emergency situations found herself on the opposite end of the situation. Meet Danielle Dame. On Tuesday, MNPD responded to a traffic accident, where she was found to be at fault at the scene. Normally this would be nothing newsworthy, just another day in East Nashville. However earlier today, Danielle posted in the East Nashville neighborhood group, telling her story, including how an officer threatened to “hog tie her and put her in a box” – among other likely indulgences. The purpose of her posting her story was an attempt to solicit an attorney to take her case pro-Bono – but what she received was an onslaught of comments trying to understand what she was talking about. If she was under the influence of something while driving (allegedly), then it seemed to be twice as likely when she typed this post (screenshots below) – but first, let’s get the facts, according to her arrest report. Here’s the highlights:

  • OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT WHERE THE DEFENDANT WAS INVOLVED AND FOUND TO BE AT FAULT.
  • DURING THE INVESTIGATION THE DEFENDANT WAS OBSERVED HAVING VERY SLURRED SPEECH, STAGGERED WHILE WALKING, SHE HAD A VERY SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WHEN ASKED QUESTIONS BY OFFICERS
  • SHE WAS UNABLE TO COMPLETE SIMPLE TASK LIKE; GETTING HER LICENSE AND PAPERWORK FOR VEHICLE, KNOWING WHERE HER KEYS WERE TO THE VEHICLE AND SHE HAD ISSUES WITH FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN DURING THE SFST’S.
  • THE DEFENDANT ADMITTED TO BEING ON MULTIPLE MEDICATIONS WHILE DRIVING ON 04/26/2017 TO OFFICERS WHILE ON SCENE, AT THE HOSPITAL AND IN ROUTE TO BOOKING. THOSE MEDICATIONS OFFICERS ARE AWARE OF SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN WHILE OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE. THIS INFORMATION WAS ALSO CONFIRMED BY A NURSE AT MEHARRY HOSPITAL THAT SHOULD NOT BE MIXED, AS WELL AS, USED WHILE OPERATING A VEHICLE.
  • THE DEFENDANT WAS UNABLE TO STOP SWAYING DURING THE HGN TESTING, SHE ALSO WAS TOLD MULTIPLE TIMES TO STOP TURNING HER HEAD WHILE FOLLOWING THE STIMULI.
  • DURING THE WALKING AND STANDING TASK IT WAS NOTATED THAT THE DEFENDANT DOES HAVE LEG INJURES WITH BOTH LEGS. HOWEVER, DURING BASIC STANDING TASKS SHE WAS OBSERVED SWAYING AND STAGGERING WHILE BEING ASKED TO STAND STILL.
  • DURING THE WALK AND TURN SHE WAS UNABLE TO COMPLETE ANY OF THE HEEL TO TOE STEPS; COMPLETELY MISSING MULTIPLE STEPS GOING FORWARDS AND BACKWARD. SHE WAS OBSERVED STEPPING TOE NEXT TO HEEL OR ARCH OF FOOT AND NOT TO TOE AS DIRECTED AND SHOWN.
  • DURING THE ONE LEG STAND SHE STARTED THE ENTIRE FIRST HALF WITH HER ARMS COMPLETELY RAISED OUT BY HER SIDES TO CONTROL HER BALANCE. AND WHEN DIRECTED TO PLACE THE ARMS DOWN BY HER SIDE SHE WAS UNABLE TO STAND ON ONE LEG WITHOUT HOPPING ON HER RIGHT FOOT.
  • THE DEFENDANT WAS ALSO OBSERVED DOZING IN AND OUT OF SLEEP, AS WELL AS, DROOLING WHILE IN TRANSPORT TO THE HOSPITAL FOR HER BLOOD DRAW. AND WHILE THE HOSPITAL SHE WAS OBSERVED FALLING ASLEEP AND WHEN DIRECTED TO WAKE UP REPLIED “OH NO, I’M NOT ALSEEP I’M THE FURTHEST THING FROM THAT!” THEN MOMENTS LATER SEEN FALLING ASLEEP AND FALLING OVER IN THE CHAIR.
  • THE DEFENDANT WAS READ IMPLIED CONSENT AND HER MIRANDA RIGHTS AND STATED SHE UNDERSTOOD BOTH AN AGREED TO THE BLOOD DRAW.
  • DUE TO THE RESULTS OF THE SFST TESTING OFFICERS FOUND PROBABLE CAUSE TO ARREST THE DEFENDANT FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE.

Here is the original post on social media:

Hey! Any bleeding heart attorneys out there interfere neighborhood? About 3 PM on April 24 I was driving my next brand-new vehicle to add AA function with some friends (meaning I don't drink) when the lady in front of me stopped abruptly and I didn't catch it in time, and my brakes locked up and I slid into her. Now, being the artistic weirdo that I am I was wearing gas a bikini because I was on my way to Percy priest to go swimming and all of my secular Satanic and poor Sam had to throw this woman would not even speak to me as I try to exchange information with her. Of her own admission she was not her as well as the jeep that I had which was hers had very minimal damage my 14 took most of the brunt of it. The three offices at this being number one I asked the mail for his badge number because he was popping off at the mouth and saying stuff which was very very not only inappropriate but completely unnecessary. He refused to give me his badge number or his name saying "I don't have to give you anything". I told him what medications I had taken in the last 24 hours I've told him what happened Mike has a situation and they decided that I was under the influence and they wanted me to walk the line and do the fields sobriety test. Now I was in somewhat of a freak accident in 2013 and almost caused my left leg to be amputated. So the medical professionals reading this I had severe compartment syndrome in the lower part of my extremity which required emergency amputation. Due to the wonderful doctors and miss Campbell University they did a double fasciotomy was the one Zack for about 17 days followed by a skin graph and tons of tons of bags of vancomycin. They send me home telling me I never walk again. Newsflash I run I walk I exercise I'm just about normal except my balance is very very wonky.... I have severe nerve damage which makes my butt go-between excruciating pain if I step on the pedal to phone completely over in the shower if I try and stand on it to say. They use that knowing full well of my injury history thing and we're not quite sure if you're drunk or not I don't smell any alcohol but we're gonna take you in for a blood test you have the right to remain silent yada yada.... . I have a court date set for May 18 and zero money because I missed almost a full month of work because of ongoing health problems related to the original accident. keep in mind I have zero criminal history, I've never even had a speeding ticket and they're charging me for DUI (which I happily compliedto the blood test thinking great this will exonerate me right away and I'll get to go home and snuggle in my bed ..... wrong. they then told me it could take months to get the results back. Not that I was expecting the Ritz Carlton or anything but the him conditions in the days in county jail are a parent they didn't give me food for over 12 hours as it was about 40° and like I mentioned before I was wearing a bikini and I was freezing it wouldn't let me walk around with a warm one officer actually told me that if I didn't sit down he's going to hogtie me and put me in a box. Now I have PTSD and being in that situation has been fucking with me the second I got out of the jail I saw the uncontrollably like a little baby and my boyfriend didn't know what to do. I work with Sandy and for racial justice and like to donate to the NAACP but to truly be inside of a jail and having to do what the officer tell you and not actually having civil rights is one of the most terrifying things I've ever experienced and I don't for every person of color blue is put upon and treated differently like they're sub human and systematically put in the system at 12 13 and 14 or murdered while in custody it's disgusting and something needs to be done. The furniture saw this last week it was posted of those 12-year-old boys playing basketball on the way home and the white young rookie haircut Luis officers pulling guns on them for no reason whatsoever than the color of their skin… Something needs to change. Who do I write to in order to comment on that disgusting and inhumane a conditions in this jail where women are bleeding through their pants trying to get a tampon me to shut up and sit down and will be hogtied I mean this is disgusting and this is innocent till proven guilty this is how were treated? My bail was set at around $1000 and my boyfriend was going to come with the small percentage of that to get me out that night, when they found out that it was no problem for him to get me the money to pay my bills the $10,000. And wouldn't tell me why they told me just be happy you get out the most evil don't have that kind of money what the fuck is that? Anyways this post has a lot of different subject matter an subject matter in it because for years I have been seated and disgusted and weeping and angry over this the racial injustice in our country but the main focus of this posting is there any attorneys would like to help me by giving me advice or representing me I will pay you when I can if anything at all because I need some help and if I use my public defender is signed by the court I really don't think I'm gonna get the charge off so I think I'm going to end up in the system it is Eli on my record forever I don't even drink any medicine in my system is accounted for by prescription and I was not under the influence at 3 PM on my way to go swimming with a bunch of AA friends. Please private message me or send me a comment if you're interested in helping by even just giving advice because like I said I have no criminal history I don't know how this stuff works okay? Yeah other woman involved in the accident treated me like I was one of the devils daughter probably because I had tattoos and was dressed slutty even though I was on my way to the damn beach. East Nashville I know you have some lawsuit sometime in cases and this is a good learning Siri please please help me I really need to get this taken care of and I am scared and I am in over my head and every day I wake up and I don't know what to do and it just brings up all the feelings that I've had for years about the Sandra blands with the trayvon Martins andpoor kalief browders

If you made it this far, you deserve a cookie. And if you drive for Lyft and ever have to call the response line / CRL, keep in mind this could be the person on the other end of the line. Goodnight, and Good Luck!

 

4 Comments

  1. Danielle Dame

    Take this down. I was using talk to text and when I saw the text I deleted it.

    Reply
  2. Danielle Dame

    Also, this happened in Smyrna so it’s hardly east Nashville news.

    Reply
    1. RR

      MNPD Doesn’t respond to Smyrna, this was a Nashville incident.

      Reply
    2. Al

      Smyrna? Lol, the literal affidavit is posted. Davidson County is at the top. Yet you want to claim it happened in Smyrna?

      Your post was unintelligible, and what I managed to understand was complete nonsense. Just for clarification, you don’t have to drink alcohol to be DUI, and even if your drugs were prescription, a lot of them are clearly marked with prohibition on mixing them, or driving after taking them. The upside is that with a blood test, they can pinpoint exactly what was in your system and how much of it, so you’re likely screwed.

      And on top of that idiocy, you start throwing around racial hot button names and asking for free legal services. Good luck, you’ll need it.

      Reply

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