What was thought to be a routine Uber ride for a Florida woman turned into a dramatic escape for her life, after her driver refused to let her out of her car and forced her to jump out of a moving vehicle.
Brooke Adkins had been at an event when a friend called her an Uber around 3 a.m. Wednesday. According to police, she asked the driver, Destiny Green, to take her home, but later requested to be taken to an apartment complex.
During the drive, Green started making weird requests, including asking Adkins whether she could drive around the block after they reached the destination so they could listen to music, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
As they drove around, the car was stopped by Florida State University Police. During the stop, Green reportedly asked Adkins if she would put her hand on the center console and hold it down. Adkins agreed but was becoming concerned, according to WCTV.
After the stop, police said she asked Green to let her out of the vehicle, but Green allegedly refused and continued to drive.
"Adkins said she asked Green to let her out of the vehicle at almost every stop light and Green continuously said no and nothing else," police said, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
At one point, Green allegedly said she planned to take Adkins to the hospital rather than her destination, WCTV reports.
Adkins panicked and video-called her friend before placing a call to 911, where she can be heard screaming in the background.
Adkins, who later shared the story and images of her ripped and bloody jeans on social media, rolled down the window of the car after being unable to find the door lock and jumped out as the car was moving. She then ran to a parking lot and waited for police to arrive.
Police were able to identify Green as the driver and later found her at her home. Police said she denied that she wouldn't let Adkins out of the car and told police Adkins had been the one who wanted to go to the hospital, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
During the conversation, Green "made out of context comments and appeared paranoid" the police report said.
After complaining of not feeling well, she was taken to the hospital before she was arrested and charged.
Her mother, Iris Grice, later told NBC News her daughter had been diagnosed with schizophrenia at 23, but had seemed to be doing better in recent years. She said she visited her daughter earlier this month and was concerned after she seemed "obsessed" with driving for Uber.
“She’s [Green] a sweet girl," Grice told NBC News. "For someone to think that she would be cold and calculated … try to kidnap them and stuff. It’s ridiculous. At the same time, my heart goes out to that young lady. I feel really sorry for her. I really, truly, regret that she would have to go through that stuff.”
Green was later charged with kidnapping to facilitate a felony and false imprisonment.
After the incident, Adkins took to Twitter to deliver a public service announcement to others, writing "I am so thankful that I got out okay but jumping out of a moving car window and running for help has to be the scariest thing I've ever gone thru. I want girls to realize this happens & to be safe, always."
She later said she was "so happy" police arrested Green and said she plans to do "whatever I have to do to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else by the same person."
[Photo: Leon County Sheriff's Office]
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