Lyft driver allegedly raped passenger after she passed out in the back seat

The ride-share service called the alleged incident "terrifying" and said it was working with the authorities.

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By Tim Stelloh

A Lyft driver in the San Francisco Bay Area was arrested over the weekend for allegedly taking an unconscious passenger to his home and sexually assaulting her, authorities said Sunday.

Tonye Kolokolo, 46, faces charges of rape and false imprisonment, San Bruno Police Department Lt. Ryan Johansen said in a statement.

Tonye Kolokolo.San Bruno Police Department

Police accused Kolokolo of picking up the 25-year-old woman at a bar in San Mateo early Saturday morning and then driving nearly 100 miles to his home in Tracy after she passed out in his back seat.

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There, Johansen said, Kolokolo allegedly raped the passenger.

The statement asked other people who may have had similar experiences with the driver to contact authorities.

In a statement to NBC Bay Area, Lyft called the incident “terrifying” and said Kolokolo’s access to the ride-share service had been permanently removed.

The company said it had reached out to the passenger and was working with the authorities.

Kolokolo, who is being held in San Mateo County Jail, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Court records didn’t a list a lawyer for him.