GOP state senator named prime suspect after Uber driver alleges he ‘forcibly’ kissed her in transit
State Sen. Bryce Marlatt (R-OK) on Wednesday was named as a suspect in a case involving lewd acts against a female Uber driver, News Channel 4 reports.
The driver approached an officer on Monday, explaining that she “was transporting a customer when he made advances on her during transit,” according to the police report. The suspect allegedly began “grabbing her forcefully and kissing [her] on the neck while she was driving.”
She also told the officer she was an Uber driver.
“What’s been reported is not tolerated and has no place on the Uber app,” Uber spokesperson Kayla Whaling told KFOR. “We are committed to the safety and security of all our partner drivers and riders and are working with the Oklahoma City Police Department to provide them any information that would be helpful for their active investigation.”
Marlatt’s attorney called the allegations shocking, adding the state senator’s legal team will consult with Uber to sort out the situation.
In 2014, Marlatt was arrested for a DUI-related charge. Police said he was asleep in the vehicle and smelled of alcohol, KOCO reports.
Asked how many beers he had, Marlatt reportedly replied, “None. I had what you would call a bourbon and Coke.”