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Woman rips out hair of Lyft driver and blows her nose in car’s headrest

By Mason White 5:05 PM June 1, 2017
Stephanie Young and Michelle Jennings
Stephanie Young and Michelle Jennings
By: Alexis Bell

A Lyft driver was left shaken after a passenger became belligerent and ripped out her hair during the trip, according to police in Florida.

St. Petersburg police said that they have arrested 28-year-old Stephanie M. Young, after being accused of assaulting Lyft driver Michelle Jennings.

Young has been charged with one count of simple battery. She was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, and her bail has been set at $500.

Jennings wrote about her experience on YouTube.

“After she used my seat cover as a tissue, she yelled at me and then she leaned in. I knew something was coming. She spit, pulled hair and threw bows.

“But she wasn’t expecting me to return fire. Not even losing a handful of hair could keep me from protecting myself. Yes, I had goose bumps, I was not really scared more seeing red and trying to keep my wits.

“I could have done more damage, just like she could have. Thankfully I am alive and relatively unscathed, but who knew how sore I’d be today. Hopefully, she feels just the same,” Jennings wrote.

According to the police investigation, Young got into Jennings’ car. About a mile into the trip, Young tore off a headrest and blew her nose into it.

Young then began yelling abuse at Jennings. Jennings turned on her video camera and recorded the rest of the trip. Young ripped out the driver’s hair and spit at her arm.

Jennings spotted a security guard, and stopped her car to ask for help. Young then got out of the car and ran away.