BOSTON (CBS) — A Boston police officer has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly assaulting an Uber driver.

The driver for the ride sharing company told police he drove a passenger to the area of E. 2nd Street in South Boston early Sunday morning. That passenger was off-duty officer Michael Doherty, 40, of South Boston.

According to the driver, when he reached the destination, Doherty accused the driver of trying to drop him off at the wrong location. Doherty then allegedly yelled and hit the driver.

When the driver got out of the car, Doherty got into the front seat and drove off, the driver told police.

Police say a passing motorist helped the driver follow Doherty until he stopped the car and fled.

Doherty, who has been on the force for 16 years, was arrested at his home Sunday and charged with Assault & Battery and Using a Motor Vehicle without Authority.

A spokesperson for Uber told WBZ-TV that Doherty has been permanently blocked as a rider.

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


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