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Couple's 'Nightmare' Uber Driver: 'I Have Never Been That Scared'

With 2 passengers in car, Olufemi S. Olomola is accused of chasing another driver
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2020 7:26 AM CST

(Newser) – It wasn't the date John Murray and Tameka Swann expected, or wanted. WTVR and CNN report that the husband and wife from Richmond, Va., were picked up by an Uber around 8pm Monday to take them to dinner, but the night started off with a jolt when someone rear-ended the ride-hailing car soon after it had left their home. And the jolts didn't end there: Per the couple, their driver pulled over, ostensibly to exchange info with the other driver, but the latter instead sped away—and the Uber driver decided to go into pursuit mode. "I had no idea he was about to go fast and furious on us," Murray tells CNN, adding he started livestreaming the whole thing on Facebook. For several minutes, the video shows the car speeding through red lights and stop signs as the couple begs the driver, identified as 38-year-old Olufemi S. Olomola, to stop.

"I can't let this guy go," the driver says at one point. The video also shows the driver handing his phone to Swann so she can talk to a 911 dispatcher, who also tells the driver to stop—which he eventually does, but not before just missing hitting a bicyclist and getting hit himself by an SUV. Olomola has been charged with reckless driving, abduction, and felony hit-and-run. "I have never been that scared in my life," Swann tells WTVR, which notes the couple suffered minor bruises, checked out at a hospital. "It was a nightmare." Uber issued a statement on the incident, noting that "this driver's behavior is deeply concerning and his access to the app has been removed." An MMA instructor tells WTVR that others who find themselves in a similar situation should first call 911, then try to de-escalate and negotiate. (Read more Uber stories.)

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