Uber Suspends Driver Accused of Sexual Assault - NBC4 Washington

Uber Suspends Driver Accused of Sexual Assault



    Local Lawmaker Wants Panic Button In Taxi, Uber Cars

    News4's Darcy Spencer spoke to D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, who says she wants panic buttons installed in Uber cars after police arrested a driver for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman. (Published Monday, July 28, 2014)

    Police arrested an Uber driver a woman accused of sexually assaulting her earlier this month.

    Police charged 31-year-old Reshad Chakari of Alexandria, Virginia, with second-degree sexual abuse.

    On July 20, police went to the 1400 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW where a 25-year-old woman reported that an Uber driver sexually assaulted her. She had several drinks at a nightclub while celebrating her birthday and passed out in the car, News4's Darcy Spencer reported. According to the police report, the woman said Chakari touched her while she was sleeping in the car.

    D.C. Council member Mary Cheh said she wants to make sure these drivers are not preying on women. While Uber is required to perform background checks on drivers, that may not be enough, Cheh said. She said installing panic buttons in cars could help.

    DC Police Arrest Uber Driver For Sexual Assault

    [DC] DC Police Arrest Uber Driver For Sexual Assault
    News4's Darcy Spencer spoke to investigators about the recent arrest of an Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting a woman.
    (Published Sunday, July 27, 2014)

    "Rider safety is Uber's #1 priority. We take reports like this seriously and are treating the matter with the utmost urgency and care," said Taylor Bennett, spokesperson for Uber Technologies. "It is also our policy to immediately suspend a driver’s account following any serious allegations, which we have done. We stand ready to assist authorities in any investigation.”

    Stay with News4 and NBCWashington for more on this developing story.