Ubers have become a staple in many Canadians lives, but sometimes we may give a little bit too much credit to who is sitting behind the wheel. Yesterday, Durham Regional Police arrested a Uber driver for driving high, with a passenger in the back seat. Police made the arrest early Wednesday morning and the driver has since then been charged.
At approximately 2:20 AM on Wednesday, February 6th, Durham Regional Police pulled over a black Mazda 5 on Simcoe Street and William Street in Oshawa after an officer had witnessed the car swerving between lanes. The newsroom statement even states that at one point the driver had swerved into the other lane and was caught driving into oncoming traffic.
As the car was pulled over, police quickly discovered the cause of the situation. The Uber driver was under the influence of drugs with a customer in the back seat of their vehicle. The passenger did not suffer any injuries.
The Uber driver, Mujib Rashidi was a 36-year-old male from Ajax. Since the incident, Rashidi has been charged with "Impaired Operation of a Conveyance- by Drug". He was later released with the promise to appear.
This isn't the first time that issues with Uber drivers have occurred. Just last month, a Toronto Uber driver was caught driving drunk behind the wheel when he was picking up passengers on New Year's Eve.
The man had been on his way to pick up some passengers along Main Street when Police caught him veering off into a parking lot. He was later charged after police discovered a blood-alcohol concentration of over 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood.
There have also been cases of Uber drivers violating their sexual misconduct rules in Ontario. One driver was under investigation earlier this year after a video was recorded and posted online of him spanking one of his passengers.
Another driver also faced an investigation when a circulated video appeared of a female passenger kissing her Uber driver.
Durham Regional Police are urging anyone with new information regarding this case to contact Cst. Woodstock of Central East Division at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5200.