A West Monroe Man driving drunk with an open container told a Louisiana State trooper that he was "Ubering"  on his way to pick up his next rider during a traffic stop.

Last Thursday, around 1:15 a.m., a trooper noticed a red Dodge Charger drifting from lane to lane and off the shoulders on North Sixth Street in Monroe. When the trooper approached the vehicle, the driver, Mark Brandon Walker, was holding a phone out the window showing driving directions and navigation.

Uber officials and Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo have officially launched Uber in Monroe.

Mayo says the coming of Uber will bring an option of safe and flexible transportation to the people of Monroe. He and Uber officials explained that Monroe's ordinance allowing a ride-sharing service is a model for a statewide framework.

In July, the Monroe City Council unanimously approved the ordinance that made it possible for companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Monroe. Under the ordinance, each company that expands into Monroe pays a $2,500 permit fee annually to the city.

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The Monroe City Council approved a ridesharing ordinance at the last council meeting. The new rules will make it easier for companies like Uber and Lyft to do business in Monroe.

KEDM reached out to both Uber and Lyft to see if ridsharing is in our future. Uber responded with the following statement from Uber Louisiana General Manager David Brightman.

One Step Forward For Uber And Lyft

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Monroe is getting a little closer to allowing ride sharing. At Tuesday night's council meeting held to discuss the possibility of obtaining Uber and Lyft a crowd came out for support. The council decided to proceed with the process, not everyone in attendance was happy about the news of Uber and Lyft. Local taxi companies think it will slow their business and could be dangerous to them.