Public Safety

Iowa City man accused of assaulting 70-year-old Uber driver

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man is accused of assaulting a 70-year-old Uber driver.

Reese J. Phillips, 22, was a passenger in an Uber vehicle around 1:17 a.m. Thursday when he got into an argument with the driver, according to Iowa City police criminal complaints.

The 70-year-old driver stopped the vehicle and asked Phillips to get out, police said. Phillips did and then pushed and punched the driver, the complaint stated.

Phillips got back into the vehicle, When the driver tried to get him out, the driver fell and Phillips continued to punch the man while he was on the ground. Phillips then stomped on the man’s head, police said.

The driver suffered a large bruise and a small cut, police said.

Phillips admitted to drinking and showed signs of intoxication but refused a breath test, police said.

He faces charges of willful injury causing bodily injury, a Class D felony, and public intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.

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