Uber driver charged with abduction after ‘nightmare’ trip

“I have never been that scared in my life. It was a nightmare.”
Posted at 6:22 PM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 09:06:00-05

RICHMOND, Va., -- Richmond Police have charged the Uber driver who allegedly sped through the streets with passengers in the backseat.

Olufemi S. Olomola, 38 of Marlin Drive in Henrico, was charged with two counts of abduction, reckless driving and felony hit and run for the Monday night incident.

John Murray and Tameka Swann said they were picked up from their home on the city’s Northside just before 8 p.m. Monday for a night out on the town.

But, shortly after pulling away, they said someone rear-ended their Uber on Chamberlayne Avenue.

“Our Uber attempted to pull over so that they exchange information, but the car didn’t stop behind us. They went around us and sped off and that’s when our Uber sped off behind him,” Swann recalled.

Murray began to stream their trip on Facebook Live from the backseat.

The Uber driver then pulls onto West Broad Street and races through several more red lights, according to the video.

The couple said an SUV then crashed into the side of their car at West Broad Street and Arthur Ashe Boulevard. The video showed the driver continuing to speed away narrowly missing a bicyclist.

“At approximately 8:15 p.m. on Monday, officers were called to the 2800 block of West Broad Street for the report of a hit and run. Officers arrived and spoke to the driver who reported that while transporting passengers, his vehicle was struck by another car and that car left the scene,” according to a police spokesperson.

“That was the scariest moment of my life,” Swann said. “I have never been that scared in my life. It was a nightmare.”

The couple says they suffered minor bruises and were checked out at the hospital.

A spokesperson with Uber said they are also investigating the ride.

“This driver’s behavior is concerning, and we have removed his access to the app pending investigation,” said an Uber spokeswoman.

Anyone with information about the first hit and run or this incident is asked to call Detective G. Drago at (804) 646-1369.

Olomola is due in court on Thursday morning.

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