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Updated: Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:03:10 GMT | By The Associated Press, thecanadianpress.com

Former Uber driver charged with assaulting rider

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


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

District Attorney George Gascon says Daveea Whitmire, of San Francisco, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanour 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 Whitmire 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.

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

Whitmire has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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