Gun Threat, Gay Slurs Bring Lawsuit For Lyft Driver

Jaleesa Rance (inset) is now facing a civil suit in addition to criminal charges. | Lyft; CPD

As if criminal charges weren’t bad enough, things just got worse for an Aurora-based Lyft driver who allegedly pulled a gun on two passengers near Boystown on September 1.

Jaleesa Rance, 25, pulled the handgun on two riders during an argument in the 400 block of West Melrose around 2 a.m., according to a police report.

A passenger took this photo of Rance pointing a gun, Calvin’s attorney said. | Legal Rideshare

One of the men took a picture of Rance before she fled the scene. Police took her into custody moments later near Addison and Broadway.

Rance was charged with two misdemeanor counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a weapon on a public street. A handgun was recovered from her vehicle, according to police.

Now, one of the passengers is suing her an amount exceeding $50,000.

The suit by 31-year-old Charlie Calvin of Edgewater accuses Rance of picking the men up at Sidetrack nightclub in Boystown only to kick the men out a few blocks later while brandishing a handgun.

Calvin said an argument broke out just three blocks from the bar after he told her that she made a wrong turn.  Rance pulled a gun from the center console and told the two men to “get out of my fucking car!…I’ll blast you faggots!”

Calvin alleges that Rance followed the couple out of the car and lodged a volley of anti-gay slurs in their direction. A police report identifies the other passenger as a 26-year-old man from southwest suburban Lemont.

Police said they recovered a fully-loaded handgun and a loaded 9-round magazine from Rance’s center console.

She is due back in criminal court on Tuesday.

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