SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) – An Uber driver has been charged with kidnapping for allegedly refusing to let four passengers out of his car on Halloween.

Thirty-five-year-old Khaled Ali of Garden Grove was arrested Wednesday night after leading police on a chase through Santa Monica.

Prosecutors say Ali picked up a man requesting a ride but drove in the opposite direction and refused to let the man leave until the passenger finally jumped from the car.

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He allegedly did the same thing to a woman, who jumped out, and then to two final passengers who jumped out during the police chase.

Police say the motive for the driver’s behavior isn’t immediately clear.

Ali was charged Friday and could face more than 23 years in prison if convicted.

It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

 

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

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