ANCHORAGE, Alaska — After cabbie Paul Velasco’s arrest for an alleged May 1 sexual assaultagainst a passenger in his Checker Cab, company operator Michael Thompson says he is comfortable putting drivers in the firm's cabs -- as long as they possess a chauffeur license.
Velasco, 28, was arrested Tuesday after Checker Cab cooperated with an APD investigation of a 42-year-old woman’s claim that instead of taking her home, he drove her to an East Anchorage trailer court and assaulted her, then dropped her off at a Tesoro station on Boniface Parkway.
APD spokesperson Anita Shell says Velasco holds a valid chauffeur license which was last renewed in January 2011. Court records for Velasco list a history of moving violations including failure to stop for a red light, failure to wear a seat belt and driving without a license in possession.
“We're not equipped to look at moving violations,” says city Transportation Inspector Eric Musser, who's in charge of issuing the license. “We look at a criminal history. Most moving violations aren't criminal offenses. They're administrative offenses or civil offenses.”