Too drunk to tell a driver your address?
The driver could take matters — and you — into his own hands.
On Sunday night, a 26-year-old woman went drinking and became heavily intoxicated, setting off a chain of events that led to the arrest of an Uber driver, KABC-TV reported.
Nearly incapacitated by alcohol late Sunday, the woman either called the Uber ride-share service, or it may have been that a nightclub worker saw her state and asked an Uber driver hanging out on-scene to take her home; police are still looking into the details.
Either way, she wound up in the car of 32-year-old Frederick Dencer — but she apparently was too drunk to provide her address.
It appears that the driver didn't have her address through an official Uber assignment, either.
So he took her to a motel.
Image source: screengrab via KABC-TV
Security camera footage apparently shows the man carrying the woman inside the Panorama Motel.
An LAPD spokesperson said that, while no sexual assault occurred, Dencer did apparently fondle the woman through her clothes. When she rejected his advances, it seems he relented and the pair fell asleep in the motel.
"So it looks like Dencer took advantage of the situation, and drove her to a cheap motel, which he had visited before, and carried her into the room," said LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon. "He slept the night in the room, and when she awoke, he let her leave, though he asked her to stay, according to the victim."
She awoke Monday morning to the sight of a shirtless Dencer, left, and called the police from a nearby 7-Eleven.
Uber has distanced itself from the incident, releasing a statement Tuesday: "Uber became aware this afternoon of a serious incident in Los Angeles. The facts are unknown at this stage and it's certainly unclear that this is an Uber-related incident. We have reached out to authorities and will work with them to help uncover the facts. Nothing is more important to Uber than the safety of our riders."
Dencer was arrested on suspicion of kidnap for the purpose of sexual assault and was held on $1 million bail.
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