Alleged Uber Driver Rape Case Binds Over to Grand Jury

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – On January 15th, authorities say 36-year-old Zachery Johnson attacked an Uber driver after leaving a Chili’s restaurant on Gunbarrel Road. Today he faced Judge Alex McVeagh in General Sessions Court for a preliminary hearing.

The victim testified before the court and audio of the alleged assault from dispatch was played. The victim’s 911 calls during the assault were sent to Bradley County even though she was located in Hamilton County.

“Most of that recording was that through Bradley County?” asks Hamilton County Public Defender Mike Little.

“It was. They do what’s called patching in. And they’ll patch in radio and communication so multiple agencies can talk to each other.”

It took over an hour for officers to find her.

“That force or coercion was used to accomplish the act was clear from the victim’s testimony and clear from the recording, the hour and a half long recording of the rape, that force or coercion was used,” says Cameron Little Hamilton County Executive Assistant District Attorney.

Judge McVeagh found sufficient evidence to bind the case over to grand jury. Johnson is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual battery and aggravated rape. Charges of carjacking were dropped. A new bond hearing is set for Thursday morning following the prosecutors argument that Johnson’s bond should be raised based on his prior felony convictions.

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