A driver for the ride-hailing service Uber was charged Wednesday with the battery and rape of a woman whom he had driven to her home Friday night from a Downtown bar.
The driver, Doteh Albert Mensah, was charged with second-degree sexual assault and substantial battery for the incident, which police said left the woman with a broken nose, eyes that were swollen shut and bruises across her upper torso and arms, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.
Mensah, 36, of Fitchburg, was jailed on $25,000 bail after appearing in court Wednesday.
Court Commissioner Brian Asmus also ordered that if Mensah posts bail and is released, he is not to drive for Uber, Lyft or any other business that conveys passengers.
Uber spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said that the company banned Mensah when it learned of the incident.
“What’s been reported is horrible,” Whaling said in a statement. “As soon as we became aware, we immediately removed this driver’s access to Uber and have permanently banned him from the app. We will fully cooperate with investigators and provide any information to them that would be helpful for their investigation.”
The complaint states that police were called to Meriter Hospital on Monday concerning a sexual assault that occurred on Friday. Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said that though injured, the woman went to work on Saturday, where others told police later that they noticed that she had been injured.
According to the complaint:
The woman, who is in her 20s, told police that she left a bar Downtown at 11:30 p.m. and summoned a ride from Uber. She said she was intoxicated, but aware of her thoughts and actions. She said she arrived home at 11:50 p.m.
At that point, she said, Mensah got into the left rear passenger seat of the car and assaulted her. She said she tried to fight him off but was unable to do so. She said she believes she lost consciousness when she was punched in the nose, and said that when she woke up, she was in her home.
The woman went to Meriter Hospital on Monday, where a forensic nurse examiner noted her injuries, including injuries which indicated that a sexual assault had occurred.
The woman gave police Mensah’s Uber profile information, and investigators went to speak with him. Told that they were conducting an investigation of a sexual assault, Mensah said he believed it was likely in reference to his last fare, but said he was surprised to see police and had instead expected to hear from Uber.