A North Hollywood Uber driver was arrested for allegedly driving an unconscious female passenger to a motel and sexually assaulting her.
According to Los Angeles police, Alaric Spence (above) picked up the 24-year-old woman in downtown Los Angeles at about 3 a.m. Friday morning and began traveling to her destination in Hollywood.
But after the passenger became unconscious during the trip — possibly due to alcohol intoxication — the 46-year-old driver took a disturbing detour.
Spence, a convicted felon, allegedly drove her to a motel, where he rented a room. He then allegedly carried the unconscious woman inside the motel room and sexually assaulted her.
The victim alerted police after waking up and reportedly not knowing where she was.
In a news conference, LAPD Captain William Hayes said police are investigating whether Spence has sexually assaulted other women, explaining:
“It doesn’t seem feasible that this would be the first time. He went to the hotel, rented a room, and then carried her from his car into the room, where he assaulted her. To do something that brazen … in my investigators’ and my opinion, we believe it’s something he’s done before.”
Uber has permanently banned Spence from driving for the app, issuing a statement saying:
“No person should ever have to experience the violent act that’s been reported to police. We are working with the Los Angeles Police Department to fully support their investigation, and the driver has been banned from the Uber app.”
Company officials said Spence was screened in accordance with California state law, which requires a seven-year look-back period for non-violent felonies. Spence has five previous felony convictions for possession of narcotics.
The woman does not believe she was drugged, simply telling police “she had gone to an event that evening and had been out drinking.”
Spence had been an Uber driver for six months. He was taken into custody on Saturday night and is being held on $1 million bond.
[Image via LAPD.]