SANTA ANA ( —  An Uber driver accused of raping a female passenger in Orange County last month was formally charged Tuesday.

The suspect was identified as Angel Sanchez, 36, of Costa Mesa.

Authorities said he drove a woman toward her Santa Ana home from a company gathering in Newport Beach on the evening of March 30.

He is accused of picking the woman up in his gray 2017 Toyota Sienna and committing a sexual assault.

Officials said he drove the woman, who was under the influence of alcohol, near her residence before sexually assaulting her.

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The alleged victim was able to get away and immediately called 911.

Sanchez was arrested April 1.

If convicted, Sanchez faces a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.


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