Man charged with assaulting Uber driver on I-95 in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Massachusetts man has been charged with assaulting an Uber driver Sunday afternoon in Chesterfield County.

The incident occurred at approximately 6:05 p.m. on I-95 north at mile marker 56, according to Virginia State Police.

Authorities say the driver was operating a 2008 BMW for Uber, when he picked up two passengers in the 1900 block of West Main Street in Richmond. The driver was heading south on I-95 when he was advised to return to Richmond for another fare. As the vehicle was traveling north near mile marker 56, one of the passengers in the back seat reached up and began choking the driver. The driver was able to safely pull to the right shoulder at which point the suspect fled the scene on foot. The other passenger remained at the scene.

The driver did not need medical treatment, but there were signs of an assault.

Monday morning, Virginia State Police arrested and charged 22-year-old Maxwell A. Sweeney of Mansfield, Mass. with one count of strangling another causing wounding or injury – a class 6 felony – and one count of vandalism to a vehicle.

Maxwell is currently being held at the Chesterfield County Jail.

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