14th August 2017 5:45 AM
AN UBER driver will front court next month accused of refusing to allow a female passenger to leave his vehicle.
Initial investigations suggest the woman was travelling to a licensed premises at Fortitude Valley about 11pm on Saturday night when the Uber driver refused to pull over.
The 45-year-old driver allegedly spent over an hour driving across Brisbane and New Farm before he continued south via the Clem7 Tunnel.
The 25-year-old victim tried to get the attention of passing motorists by opening her door.
The man stopped on the M1 where the let the woman go, before she called police for help.
Detectives have since charged the Logan Central man with one count of deprivation of liberty.
He is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 5.
Police have confirmed the woman was not physically injured.
A spokesman for Uber said the alleged incident was concerning and the company had "immediately blocked the driver's access to the app".
"We are assisting police with their investigation in anyway we can," he said.
"The safety of Uber riders is paramount, and that's why every driver on the app must hold a valid Driver Authority issued by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, including a criminal backgound and driver history check."