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Associated Press Updated: July 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm

DENVER — Denver's police chief is apologizing to a Seattle man for his interaction with an officer who stopped the UberX car that was giving him a ride to the airport.

Colorado legislators passed a law this year to implement a regulatory structure for ride-sharing companies like UberX, which use cellphone apps to connect riders to drivers using their personal vehicles.

KMGH-TV reports that a police officer told Seattle resident Dave Cook that the service he was using was illegal in Colorado. The officer had pulled over the vehicle for allegedly speeding.

Cook wrote about his experience for the online newsletter "GeekWire." He says the officer asked him for his driver's license, which Cook said seemed "totally inappropriate."

Police Chief Robert White apologized to Cook in a letter and says his office is investigating.

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