Uber driver arrested and charged with sexual assault

Chelsea Davis

Posted: 04/20/2016 12:46 AM

MAKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Uber driver was charged with sexual assault in the first degree on Tuesday. First-degree sex assault implies forceful penetration. Uber, which is a transportation network company or ride-sharing company, has become especially popular among younger people who request rides through a cell phone app.

Honolulu police arrested Luke Wadahara, 24, early Sunday morning after a teenage girl said he sexually assaulted her during an Uber ride Saturday night.

Sources said his accuser is a 16-year-old girl. She told police Wadahara picked her and her friends up from Ala Moana Shopping Center Saturday night. He allegedly took her friends to Mililani first. Then on the way to her home in Makiki, the alleged victim stated he started making wrong turns. That's when she claims he pulled over and attacked her. She said she eventually fought him off then ran home. The girl was taken to hospital for treatment, according to police sources.  
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