Sultan Amari, 46, took his drunk victim back to a house he owned and raped her twice after picking her up in his taxi.
She awoke naked and alone before calling police and saying: “I went for drinks after work last night and I can’t remember anything else.”
During the trial Amari was granted bail and allowed to keep his passport.
But last Sunday, the day before he was due to give evidence, Amari, of Flint, North Wales, emailed Warrington Crown Court saying he had no intention of turning up.
That night he flew to Istanbul and vanished.
On Wednesday he was sentenced to 11 years in jail after being found guilty in his absence.