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Uber driver in Nebraska pockets $702 for trip to Denver

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Posted at 7:24 AM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 09:49:08-05

DENVER -- An Uber driver from Nebraska says he made more than $700 from one trip when a woman asked him to drive her 550 miles to Denver.

Kevin Jones picked up the woman from an Omaha hotel on the morning of Oct. 9, The Omaha World-Herald reports.

Jones says the woman, who appeared to be in her 20s, didn't say much other than she had missed her bus. After he agreed to take her, she climbed into the third-row seat of his Town & Country minivan and fell asleep.

Jones says he left the woman at a suburban Denver hotel and returned to Omaha, arriving around 1:45 a.m.

Because of surge pricing, the woman paid roughly $878 for the 7 1/2 hour trip. Jones collected about $702 after subtracting Uber's cut.

Jones said he came forward to tell his story after media reports about the "longest" Uber ride of 400 miles on the East Coast. Jones trip beat that by more than 100 miles.