BRISTOL - Police have confirmed they are investigating the report of an Uber driver assaulting a woman during a paid ride in Bristol.
The victim told officers that the driver, a man, began making comments that were sexual in nature before he touched her leg while giving her a ride from Bleachers Bar, on Middle Street, to her home in the city last Friday, sometime after 10:45 p.m. He then allegedly prevented her from getting out of the car before punching her face, she said.
She was able to punch the man back and get out of the vehicle. She sought treatment at an area hospital.
Police have declined to release the name of the driver and the victim - despite her speaking with a TV news network about the incident.
Police said Uber - which employs hundreds of thousands of drivers around the country - has been cooperative with the investigation.
“We were able to identify the driver,” said Lt. Richard Guerrera. “They gave us all that information.”
Guerrera added that no arrest has been made, as officers from the patrol unit are still investigating and trying to piece together what happened.
The driver’s Uber privileges were immediately suspended by the company pending further information on the incident. It is not clear if his account has been restored.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.