A driver, who had been allegedly blackmailing and sexually exploiting a married woman here, was arrested by the Vijayanagar police on Tuesday, according to information received on Wednesday.

The woman told the police that Kiran Cariappa had visited her house a few months back, drugged her, and sexually exploited her.

B.R. Lingappa, Vijayanagar Police Inspector, told The Hindu that the accused had even extorted Rs. 85,000 from the woman.

Cariappa was a friend of the woman’s husband, who also lives in Bangalore. The accused has been remanded in judicial custody.