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Former Uber driver charged with assaulting rider

By Associated Press 4:15 PM June 4, 2014

A man who drove for the ride-sharing service Uber in San Francisco has been charged with assaulting a customer.

District Attorney George Gascon says Daveea Whitmere, of San Francisco, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor battery of a transit passenger. The 28-year-old is accused of verbally and physically assaulting a passenger he picked up in the city’s Castro District on Nov. 24.

Prosecutors say Whitmere became angry after the rider took pictures of his car with a smartphone. They say he slapped the phone out of the rider’s hands and elbowed him in the chest.

Gascon says more state regulation is needed for the fast-growing and popular rideshare companies.

Whitmere’s attorney, Kimberly Lutes-Koths, says her client is being used as a pawn in the district attorney’s war against rideshare services.

Whitmere has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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