ROCKLAND — A 38-year-old Uber driver was arrested on Monday after a passenger flagged down a police officer to report that the driver was drunk.
The driver, Shawn Tilton of Brockton, was arrested at the scene and is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He was booked and posted bail at the police station on Monday night. He was arraigned in Hingham District Court on Wednesday. His next court date is scheduled for Aug. 4.
A Rockland police officer was flagged down on the corner of Liberty and Webster streets by a man who said his Uber driver had almost crashed multiple times. He said he worried the driver was drunk.
The passenger told Tilton to stop so he and another person could get out of the car, then approached the officer with a description of the vehicle after Tilton had driven away. The grey sedan was pulled over on Pleasant Street shortly after.
Police said Tilton showed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests prior to his arrest.
A spokesperson for Uber said Tilton will no longer be able to drive for the ride-sharing app.
″Through our two-way feedback system, the rider alerted of us this situation and we took immediate action to remove this driver’s access to Uber,” she said.
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