Antioch man enters not guilty plea in Uber ride rape case

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) — An Antioch man accused of attacking a woman while driving for ride-sharing service Uber has pleaded not guilty.

Emmett Lyons Jr., 42, was arrested on March 11 and is facing two counts of aggravated rape and two counts of rape.

In court Tuesday, Lyons entered a not guilty plea to the charges and was appointed a public defender.

According to the Murfreesboro Police Department, the alleged assault took place on Oct. 31, 2015.

The arrest report states the victim had attended a party and became too intoxicated to drive, so a friend arranged for an Uber to take her home.

The friend became concerned when the driver went off course, according to the app’s tracking device.

She went to the victim’s home and saw that she was injured and scared, according to police.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Lyons has a criminal history which includes driving on a suspended and revoked license, assault and drug charges.

Lyons drove with the company for about five months.

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