St. Petersburg woman jumps from moving Uber to avoid kidnapping in Tallahassee

In now viral tweets, Brooke Adkins shows injuries she suffered after jumping out of a moving car to escape an Uber driver. [Twitter]
In now viral tweets, Brooke Adkins shows injuries she suffered after jumping out of a moving car to escape an Uber driver. [Twitter]
Published Sept. 21, 2018

It had been about 25 minutes since they passed her drop-off. So, realizing the driver wasn't going to let her out, 19-year-old Brooke Adkins rolled down the window of the moving car and jumped.

Police found her minutes later in a Tallahassee Walgreen's parking lot, blood soaking through her ripped jeans, according to the Tallahassee Police Department.

The Uber's driver, 30-year-old Destiny Green, was arrested Wednesday on charges of false imprisonment and kidnapping.

Adkins shared her story in a now-viral tweet that's been liked more than 160,000 times and shared almost 90,000 times.

According to police, Adkins, a St. Petersburg native who goes to college in Tallahassee, had been partying at a club with friends late into the night when Green was called to pick her up, sometime around 3 a.m.

Her initial drop-off location was her Airport Drive home, but she asked to be dropped off instead at The Edge, an apartment complex nearby that is close to Florida State University. As they approached, Adkins said, Green started making "weird" requests.

"I was already at my destination and she asked me if I could ride around more with her, I told her she could take me around the block but to keep the meter on (just in case) and after that she would not let me get out of the car," Adkins wrote on Twitter.

According to the police report, Adkins and Green drove around listening to music. The car was pulled over at one point by FSU police but released. Green asked her during the stop to hold down the center console, Adkins said. She thought that, too, was weird, but was distracted by a FaceTime call.

After the stop, Adkins said she felt uncomfortable. She asked Green to let her out and told police Green refused. Green said she was taking Adkins to the hospital. Adkins said she didn't need to go to a hospital and wanted to be let go. Green refused.

"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.

As they passed through intersection after intersection, Adkins said she began to fear for her life.

She called 911 and operators heard her cry for help. As they passed through the intersection of N Magnolia Drive and Miccosukee Road, just a few miles from Green's Miccosukee Road apartment, Adkins made her move.

She rolled down the window, holding the button down so Green couldn't force it back up. With the car still moving, she jumped out of the open window and ran to a car in the Walgreen's parking lot where she waited for police.

Green was arrested at her apartment later that day.

According to BuzzFeed News, representatives for Uber said Green has been removed as a driver.

Adkins did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"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," she wrote in her original tweet. "I want girls to realize this happens & (sic) to be safe, always."

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