Uber driver, Angel Sanchez, has been arrested and accused by prosecutors of sexually assaulting a female who had used the Uber app to request a ride home. The unidentified woman was on her way home after attending a party in Newport Beach, California, when Sanchez pulled over and allegedly assaulted her near her residence.

Sanchez, 36, was officially charged with rape on Wednesday.


Sanchez, who is scheduled for an initial court appearance in the case next week, faces a maximum sentence of eight years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors say the woman had been attending a company gathering in Newport Beach and her colleagues requested an Uber ride to take her home. They added Sanchez drove the victim to Santa Ana before sexually assaulting her. Following the attack, the woman ran from Sanchez’ minivan and immediately called 911, prosecutors said. h/t reuters

Representatives for Uber were not immediately available for comment on Wednesday.