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Uber driver, 45, charged after failing to let a woman go

A Brisbane Uber driver has been charged after refusing to let a female passenger exit his vehicle.

The 45-year-old Logan Central man was meant to drive a 25-year-old woman to a Fortitude Valley bar Saturday night, but refused to pull over for more than an hour.

It marks the third time a driver for the ride-sharing app has been charged with committing a serious crime against a woman in the past month.

A 45-year-old Brisbane Uber driver has been charged after he failed to let a 25-year-old woman he was taking to a Fortitude Valley Bar get out of his car for more than an hour (stock photo)

The incident occurred around 11pm, when the man allegedly drove through a number of inner-city suburbs after refusing to pull over and drop his passenger off.

Police allege the man then headed towards the Clem 7 Tunnel and was ‘driving in a concerning manner’.

The victim, who detectives confirmed was uninjured in the incident, tried to raise the alarm and get assistance from passing motorists by opening her door.

The driver then eventually stopped on the M1 motorway, with the woman able to call police.

Detectives from the Southern Brisbane Criminal Investigation Branch charged the man with one count of deprivation of liberty, and he is expected to face the Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 5.

A spokesperson for the ride-sharing app told The Courier Mail that ‘the safety of Uber riders is paramount’ and that they were assisting police with investigations.

The victim, who detectives confirmed was uninjured in the incident, tried to raise the alarm and get assistance from passing motorists by opening her door and was evetually able to call police (stock photo)

The victim, who detectives confirmed was uninjured in the incident, tried to raise the alarm and get assistance from passing motorists by opening her door and was evetually able to call police (stock photo)

It follows two other incidents involving Uber drivers who sexually assaulted female passengers in Brisbane last month

It follows two other incidents involving Uber drivers who sexually assaulted female passengers in Brisbane last month

It follows two other incidents involving Uber drivers who sexually assaulted female passengers in Brisbane last month.

A 47-year-old Samoan man was charged after he picked up a woman in her early twenties from the Fortitude Valley nightclub precinct.

He allegedly raped the woman three times during one attack and was also later charged with raping a teenager in September 2015 while operating as an Uber driver in Ipswich.

A separate incident that occurred on July 7 involved a 37-year-old man who was charged with one count of rape against a 16-year-old girl he had picked up using the app.

It is alleged the man, who had moved to Australia from the United Kingdom, drove to an isolated location before assaulting the girl who had gone out to buy ice cream.

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