Off-duty police officer on leave for assaulting Boston Uber driver

A Boston police officer was placed on administrative leave Sunday after he allegedly assaulted an Uber driver.

The driver told police that when he and the passenger, off-duty cop Michael Doherty, reached the requested destination, Doherty accused the driver of purposely dropping him off at the wrong location, according to CBS Boston.

Doherty, 40, reportedly got angry and used a racial slur before hitting the driver. When the driver left the vehicle, the officer got in the front seat and drove off in the Toyota Prius before being stopped by a passing motorist,, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Doherty fled the scene and was arrested in his home Sunday. He was charged with assault and battery and using a motor vehicle without authority.

During an arraignment hearing on Monday, Doherty posted $500 bail. He was ordered to stay away from the driver and not use the ride-booking service, according to Reuters.

The officer had been on the force for 16 years.

“Our thoughts are with our valued partner during his recovery and we are supporting him in any way we can during this time,” an Uber spokesperson said.

Contact Kristen DeSilva at or 702-477-3895. Find her on Twitter: @kristendesilva

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