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Downtown golf cart driver had previous DUI conviction

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A Nashville transportation company responded after an accident left a passenger with life-altering injuries.

Doctors told Amber Allen she will never have feeling in her right leg again.

“I was screaming for people to get me out underneath it because I couldn’t feel my leg at all,” Allen said.

Eleven months ago, Allen was riding in a Joyride golf car that flipped on its side while taking a turn into a parking lot. She had surgery to repair the nerves in her leg, but the damage was already done.

“It’s heartbreaking,” she said. “I don’t want to get emotional, but it’s really been an experience. It took away almost eight months of my life. I couldn’t do anything.”

Allen has $25,000 in medical bills. She is suing Joyride for $500,000.

“I’m sure she’ll be treated fairly. That’s what the justice system is for,” said Jeff Bradford, a Joyride spokesperson. “She’s filed a lawsuit. She’s doing what she needs to do. I’m sure she’ll be treated fairly.”

Bradford told Channel 4 the company has a safe track record.

“They have a very well-run company,” Bradford said. “They’re a year old. They’ve had 320,000 rides in a year, and this is the first incident that’s been reported. It’s an incredible track record.”

According to the accident report, Joyride driver Stacia Davis told police after the accident she didn’t know how fast the vehicle was going because it doesn’t have a speedometer.

Channel 4 learned between 2001 and 2008, Davis was arrested eight times, mostly for driving on a suspended or revoked license. She paid fines to dismiss most of those charges.

In July of 2009, Davis was convicted of DUI. According to court records, it was her second drunk driving offense.

Davis also has several traffic violations on her recording including speeding, failure to use a turn signal and a citation for having too many passengers in her taxi last August, just two months before the accident.

“It just blows my mind,” Allen said. “I just can’t believe that a company would hire somebody who has such negative offenses on their record.”

Bradford said Davis is still working for Joyride.

“Yes, she’s still driving,” Bradford said.

Bradford outlined the requirements for a driver to work for Joyride.

“They have to have a clean driving record, no DUIs, no reckless driving, no inordinate amount of speeding tickets,” he said. “They have to be a good, careful driver that we can insure.”

Bradford said he was not aware Davis had two DUIs on his record, along with multiple other traffic violations. He said that could disqualify her as a driver for the company.

“I’ll find out about that. That’s news to me,” Bradford told Channel 4.

Wednesday afternoon, Bradford told Channel 4 that Davis had been placed on administrative leave, but the company believes she is not at fault.

Bradford said Davis also passed her background check when she was hired last year.

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