Police Arrest Rideshare Passenger In Baltimore County For Allegedly Assaulting Driver And Doing Drugs In Car


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BALTIMORE COUNTY - Maryland State Police arrested a rideshare passenger in Baltimore County on Saturday. Police said the man did drugs in the vehicle while verbally and physically abusing the driver.

30-year-old Eduardo Castillo faces second-degree assault, false imprisonment, and drug possession charges in relation to the incident.

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According to police, Castillo ordered a rideshare in York, Pennsylvania, to take him south into Baltimore City.

After he was picked up, Castillo allegedly took the driver’s phone multiple times, smoked “an illegal substance” in the passenger’s seat, and quickly became verbally abusive. As the situation escalated, Castillo hit the driver in the head while he was driving.

Fearing for his safety, the driver sent a text message to his mother to call for help. She then called the police.

Maryland State Police responded to reports that a rideshare driver was being held against his will around 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Police across the county were on the lookout for the victim’s vehicle when State Troopers from the Golden Ring Barrack in Essex located the car and conducted a traffic stop on I-83 near York Road.

Police said that as the troopers approached the vehicle, Castillo was visibly impaired by drugs. According to officials, illegal substances were found in the car, and Castillo was subsequently placed under arrest.

Castillo was first brought to St. Joseph Medical Center for evaluation and was later transported to the Baltimore County Detention Center, where a district court commissioner released him.

The driver was taken to an area medical facility for treatment and evaluation due to his exposure to controlled, dangerous substances during the ride.

State Police said the investigation into the incident is active and ongoing.

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