Unicity Taxi: driver cleared in sexual assault investigation, police are still investigating


A Unicity Taxi cab driver has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a sexual assault complaint was filed in June.

Michelle Hanslip, 32, first shared her account of what happened on Facebook and said she never returned home on June 11 after going out.

She said the last thing she remembers was getting into a taxi before falling asleep, then waking up naked several blocks from her house.

She said she was found around 2 a.m. by someone on Mountain Avenue. The person who found her called the police and she told the officers that she had been sexually assaulted.

The incident was investigated by Winnipeg Police as well as the City of Winnipeg Rental Car Office, which is responsible for Winnipeg taxis.

On Tuesday, Unicity Taxi said police said the taxi driver was not involved in the incident, including the sexual assault.

Winnipeg police confirmed to CTV News Winnipeg that the driver has been cleared, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

“The past few weeks have been difficult, personally for the driver and for everyone at Unicity Taxi,” the company said in a statement. “The driver is relieved that the investigation has confirmed that he was not involved in the alleged sexual assault.”

The company said it hoped the police investigation would find out what happened that night.

“The vast majority of Winnipeg’s nearly five million taxi rides each year end without incident. When a suspected incident occurs, Unicity Taxi is cooperating fully with authorities.”

Unicity said it is committed to creating a safe environment for passengers and drivers.

– With files from CTV’s Josh Crabb.


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