Uber driver accused of raping female passenger

BOSTON (WHDH) - An Uber driver has been arrested and accused of assaulting a female passenger in Boston.

Michael Vedrine, of Brockton, was arraigned in Dorchester Municipal Court Friday. The 32-year-old was arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a female passenger, which happened earlier this week.

Police said Vedrine picked up his passenger near Ross Road in Dorchester after she requested a ride and the attack happened some time Wednesday morning. Prosectuors said the woman did not know Vedrine.

According to detectives, Vedrine said the victim was extremely drunk when he picked her up. He admitted to having sexual intercourse with the victim but said it was consensual.

Uber released a statement Friday afternoon:

“We are fully cooperating with Boston police and will continue to work closely with them to help provide any information useful in this case.”

Vedrine was released on personal recognizance and was ordered to stay away from the woman. He was also forbidden from driving for Uber or any other ride-sharing service.

This is the third time in five days a local Uber driver was called to court.

 

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