A 45-year-old man has become the third Brisbane Uber driver to be charged with committing a serious crime against a female passenger in just over a month.
The Logan Central man was meant to be driving a 25-year-old woman to a Fortitude Valley bar on Saturday night when he allegedly refused to pull over.
Police said the man then drove through a number of inner-city suburbs for over an hour before heading south via the Clem 7 Tunnel.
The woman tried to get help from passing motorists by opening her door and was able to call police when the driver pulled over on the M1.
The man has been charged with one count of deprivation of liberty and is expected to face the Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 5. He has told 7 News the incident was simply a misunderstanding.
“The GPS signal is, just got lost. And just we go the wrong way,” he said.
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Uber is assisting police with the investigation, a spokesman for the company said.