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Indictment for fake Uber driver found with unconscious woman

June 21, 2019

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A man who posed as an Uber driver and was arrested with an unconscious university student in the back of his vehicle has now been indicted.

News outlets report authorities arrested 62-year-old Tommy Beard on Friday.

A grand jury indicted him on two counts of kidnapping and one count of impersonating a rideshare driver. Investigators say the charges involve three victims. Deputies found pictures of unconscious women on Beard’s phone.

Beard was first arrested in March after a deputy noticed a car alongside the road and stopped to investigate.

Beard told police he wasn’t an Uber driver. Police say he bought an Uber sign for his car and picked up people around town. Officials said he admitted taking photographs of unconscious women in his vehicle when giving them rides.

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