Nov 6, 2015 3:09 PM
Uber driver arrested, charged with felony wiretapping
PORTSMOUTH - An Uber driver has turned himself in to police after a warrant was issued for his arrest based on a felony wiretapping charge.
Christopher David, of Dover, was wanted by police after he posted a video to YouTube in which he allegedly recorded audio of a Daniel Street Tavern bouncer telling him that Uber operations were banned in Portsmouth.
A fine for operating an Uber in the city is $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for the second offense.
After seeing the online video, the bouncer filed a complaint with Portsmouth police stating that David did not have permission to record his voice, said Acting Deputy Police Chief Frank Warchol.
The department then issued a warrant for David's arrest.
Warchol specified that the felony charge was based on David's alleged recording of the bouncer, not of a police officer.
David posted to his Facebook page around 1 p.m. stating: "I am going now to turn myself in. Were it not for the imminent birth of my son, I would draw this out longer. Let the record show that I am cooperating involuntarily, out of duress, and concern for the safety of my family."
David had already been arrested, processed and released as of 2:45 p.m. He later updated his Facebook page stating that he had been released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail.