A Lyft driver accused of raping his highly intoxicated and incapacitated passenger and holding her in his car for 5 hours one summer night in 2019 has been found guilty of one count of rape.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Wednesday found Joseph Peard, 26, of Mattapan, guilty of one count of rape, but acquitted him of an additional count of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery. Piard will be sentenced on October 5.

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“What should have been a $3.53 ride home, turned into a 5-hour round trip into the city,” prosecutor Erin Murphy said in her closing statement. He later added that all the evidence showed that despite Piard’s subsequent texts to the victim, they were only to find out what she could remember. “The defendant did not care about (the victim).”

During the nearly week-long trial, which began Sept. 15, jurors heard recordings of three interviews Peard conducted with police. Testimony from Det. Jesse Goff, who conducted the interviews; Testimony from several scientists with the Boston Police Department’s crime lab, testimony from Peard’s victims — the Herald does not identify the rape victims — and from Eliza Kelly, with whom she was hanging out on the evening of July 30, 2019.

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That evening, the friends, one who went to Berklee College of Music and one who went to Berklee’s Boston Conservatory and met in a shared drama class, decided to meet up to watch the season finale of “The Bachelorette.”

According to the two’s testimony, the couple first met at the victim’s place in Back Bay, where they drank two bottles of cheap rose wine and attended a show. They then decided to decamp at Kelly’s place, also a 15 minute or so walk to Back Bay, hang out and drink Screwdriver.

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But the victim had to return to her elderly Chihuahua and someone in the house, whether Kelly or her roommate, called Lieut. on the victim’s phone for her.

When Piard got into his little Mitsubishi, he already had two passengers — this was pre-COVID, when carpooling was common. He drove her a short distance to the address on the app, but it wasn’t right, so she got back in the car. Peard decided to drop off the other passengers first, and on the ride to the Cambridge destination, the victim fell asleep.

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She woke up in broad daylight, she testified. She said Peard charged her $30 for the inconvenience of sitting with her for 5 hours.

When she went to the hospital, realizing something was off, she performed a rap cut. The man’s DNA showed up in a place it shouldn’t have, and that DNA was found to match Piard’s – he had allowed detectives to take samples of his cheeks in a police interview.

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