An Uber driver has been charged with rape and sexual assault after picking up a female passenger in Boston Wednesday, reports said.
Michael Vedrine, 32, of Brockton, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Dorchester Municipal Court in connection with the alleged assault on a passenger, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.
Vedrine has been arrested on two counts of rape and two counts of indecent sexual assault, according to the Boston Globe.
The incident occurred between 2 and 4 a.m. Wednesday after the driver picked up a young woman who called for a driver using the popular rideshare service, the Globe reported. Police said that instead of taking her to the requested destination, the driver went to another location and sexually assaulted the woman.
This latest attack involving an Uber driver comes just after the state signed into law new regulations for Uber and Lyft that stopped short of requiring fingerprinting for those drivers — as is required for the city’s taxis, according to CBS Boston.