Cops: Uber Driver Assaulted Unconscious Passenger

Westagne Pierre is charged with kidnapping in Maryland
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 30, 2016 2:03 PM CDT
Cops: Uber Driver Assaulted Unconscious Passenger
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Police say an Uber driver is facing kidnapping and assault charges after taking an unconscious female passenger to a Maryland hotel. Prince George's County Police said Uber driver Westagne Pierre, 29, picked up a female passenger at a bar in the District of Columbia and took her to a hotel about 10 miles northeast in College Park instead of dropping her off at home in Virginia, reports AP. At the hotel, police say Pierre carried the woman from the car into a hotel room.

Charging documents say Pierre can be seen on motel surveillance video carrying the unconscious woman to a room, where he remained for some time, reports the Washington Post. Police say Pierre also used the woman's credit card. Esteban Gergely, an attorney for Pierre, tells the newspaper that Pierre denies there was a lack of consent. “She’s saying she doesn’t remember anything,” Gergely said. “If she doesn’t remember anything, she certainly doesn’t remember saying, ‘I don’t want these things to happen.'" (More Uber stories.)

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