TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) – A 19-year-old St. Petersburg woman says she was forced to jump from a moving car when her Uber driver refused to let her out.
The driver, 30-year-old Destiny Green, is now facing felony kidnapping and false imprisonment charges, according to Tallahassee police.
Brooke Adkins goes to college in Tallahassee and called the frightening encounter the first time she’s ever feared for her life.
“I went into survival mode so quick,” she explained.
Adkins says she hopped into an Uber during the early hours of Wednesday morning after a night out with friends, only to find the driver wouldn’t let her out.
“I was far,” Adkins recounted. “I got 25-30 minutes away and I was like, ‘where are you taking me?'”
Adkins told police that Green said she was taking her to the hospital.
Drunk, but still aware that something wasn’t right, Adkins asked to get out. The driver reportedly refused, repeatedly, so Adkins discreetly dialed 911.
“I’m just like, ‘I am getting out now,'” she said, rolling down the window and jumping out as the car approached a red light.
Police found Adkins scraped up in a Walgreens parking lot and arrested Green a few hours later.
Adkins admits because the Uber driver was a woman, it gave her a false sense of security.
She took to social media to tell her story and warn friends to be vigilant in this tweet that quickly went viral.
“Anybody could be driving you around and you would have no idea,” Adkins warned. “I just don’t want this to happen to anybody ever again.”
As of Thursday night, Destiny Green was behind bars without bond.
PSA tonight I realized that being kidnapped from an uber driver is 100% real I’m so thankful that I got out okay but jumping out 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. pic.twitter.com/bQBWDKVRrM— Brooke Adkins (@brookeadkins19) September 19, 2018