Dallas Uber driver accused of sexual assault

This photo provided by Dallas County Sheriff's office shows Talal Ali Chammout. Chammout, a 56-year-old Uber driver who served time in federal prison on a weapons conviction has been charged with sexual assault. Police have accused the Plano, Texas man of sexually assaulting a woman July 25 in her Oak Cliff home after dropping her off. (Dallas County Sheriff's office via Dallas County Sheriff's office)
This photo provided by Dallas County Sheriff's office shows Talal Ali Chammout. Chammout, a 56-year-old Uber driver who served time in federal prison on a weapons conviction has been charged with sexual assault. Police have accused the Plano, Texas man of sexually assaulting a woman July 25 in her Oak Cliff home after dropping her off. (Dallas County Sheriff's office via Dallas County Sheriff's office)

DALLAS (AP) — The city of Dallas says an Uber driver accused of raping a woman in her home last month after dropping her off was using a fake city permit.

The Dallas woman is now suing the ride-sharing company and suspect for $1 million in medical expenses and damages.

City spokeswoman Sana Syed said Talal Ali Chammout, a felon, wouldn’t have passed Dallas’ background check if he applied. Records show Chammout was released in 2012 after serving time on a federal weapons charge.

Syed says city officials don’t know how Chammout got a permit with a number that had belonged to someone else and expired in 2010.

Uber requires that drivers pass records checks; while the city of Dallas requires background checks for permit approval.

Uber said over the weekend it had a permit on file for Chammout. On Tuesday, Uber spokeswoman Debbee Hancock said they are doing an internal review of its permit auditing system.

Leandre Johns, Uber Dallas General Manager, told WFAA-TV that the investigation found Uber mistakenly granted driver status to Chammout. The permit Chammout presented was accepted as genuine, so Uber thought he had already passed a city background check, therefore the company did not perform one of its own.

 

 

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