Uber driver Crill Allison, 46, was arrested just after 11 PM Saturday night, as he was stopped for doing 50 mph in a 30 mph zone on 21st Ave S. That would turn out to be the least of this Uber driver’s problems, as he had been up over 24 hours on Adderall, Xanax, and Nyquil.
Nashville Uber driver Crill Allison was stopped for speeding on 21st Ave S. late Saturday night. MNPD observed him speeding, 50 mph in a 30 mph zone. Officer Augustin was flagging the intersection at Sweetbrier Ave, and Allison was slow to acknowledge his presence, and had to screech to a stop, according to an affidavit.
Crill Allison was unable to follow directions pulling into a parking lot, and was lethargic in his responses to questions from police. Officers noted his pupils to be dilated, consistent with someone under the influence of an intoxicant. There was no odor of alcohol, so when questioned, Crill Allison admitted that he had been up for 24 hours working for Uber and had taken Adderall to stay awake. He also stated that he was on Xanax, and had also just taken Nyquil prior to being stopped.
Allison agreed to a blood draw and was taken to General Hospital for testing.
Crill Allison was charged with DUI 2nd Offense and taken into custody on a $4,000 bond. In 2003 he had a DUI reduced to a DWI charge, and in 2009 he had a DUI 2nd reduced to a DUI, both as part of plea deals.
Aren’t there limits?
Until two weeks ago, the answer was no. And that mostly hasn’t -really- changed. Here’s the new policy from Uber, which just went into effect on 02/12/2018. Essentially you can’t ‘DRIVE’ for more than 12 hours.. but that does not count time spent waiting between rides, stopped while on rides, waiting in the airport queue for a ride, etc… so it’s quite easy to spend several hours ‘online’ for Uber, while not actually driving. So the ‘driving for 24 hours’ statement, while seemingly would be prevented, is easy to accomplish. It also doesn’t count any time spent on other ride-share or delivery platforms, as drivers rarely only work on a single platform.
Allison bonded out via Grumpy’s and will appear in court on 3/9/2018.
According to his resume, when not working as a ride-share driver in Nashville, Crill Allison is A senior level accounting professional with an M.B.A. and more than 15 years of extensive experience managing numerous accounts simultaneously, performing monthly closeout activities, investigating budget variances and conducting audit reports. He self describes as a seasoned leader in healthcare accounting, including payroll, accounts payable and budget compliance with a background in nonprofit and corporate organizations.