Uber driver to meet with cops over sex assault allegation



A lawyered-up Uber driver will meet with York Regional Police following a passenger’s allegations she was sexually assaulted in a Markham parking lot Tuesday morning.

Staff-Sgt. Sandra Staley confirmed the driver, who as of late Tuesday hadn’t been charged with anything, has retained a lawyer and will be meeting with investigators on Wednesday.

Staley said a 34-year-old woman had taken public transit from Toronto to Yonge St. and Major Mackenzie Dr. in Richmond Hill, where she arranged for an Uber driver to take her the rest of the way home.

The assault allegedly happened in a Tim Hortons parking lot, just after midnight, in Markham’s Woodbine-16th Aves. area.

Staley said the victim contacted police just after 3 a.m., after she arrived home.

“Our detective office is dealing with the driver, and it appears the driver is co-operating with police, with ... his lawyer,” Staley said. “The driver has not been arrested. It looks like (he and his lawyer) will be coming in to speak with our detectives ... They’ve identified him, they’ve contacted him ... he is co-operating.”

Staley said investigators were able to identify the driver through the app passengers use to summon lifts from the controversial ride-sharing service.

Uber Canada spokesman Susie Heath said in a statement the company takes “every safety incident very seriously.”

“As soon as we became aware of the investigation, we reached out to (York police) to offer our assistance,” Heath said. “Our safety response team is working quickly to gather information.”