A Florida woman said she drove off with her ex-boyfriend atop her Mercedes-Benz because he didn’t want her to leave their Lauderhill home to pick up the couple’s daughter.
“I had to go get my child,” Patresha Isidore, 24, told WSVN. “I wasn’t going to deal with any foolishness.”
The couple broke up about eight months ago and Isidore is now trying to obtain a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, she said, despite them still living together. Isidore said she had no choice but to drive away as the man — identified by WPLG as Junior Francis, 22 — held onto the hood of her Mercedes-Benz C300 on Sunday.
“He had plenty of time to get off the car,” she told WSVN. “He didn’t want to stop.”
Isidore said she recorded the entire incident from inside her car as it barreled down an express lane on I-95. Another driver speeding along at 70 mph, Daniel Midah, later spotted Francis hanging by one hand from the hood and posted a 43-second video on Twitter.
“He was threatening me, so I was scared, so of course I wasn’t going to stop and let him get in the car,” she said.
At one point, Isidore said, she stopped on Ives Dairy Road in Miami, but Francis didn’t take the opportunity to hop off the hood. He eventually got off the car and joined Isidore inside. They then headed to an address in West Park, where Isidore was arrested and charged with culpable negligence, a misdemeanor, police said.
Isidore has been released after posting bail.
“That guy is crazy,” she said of Francis. “He won’t leave me alone.”
Francis, meanwhile, told WPLG that both he and Isidore needed to use the Mercedes, which they co-own, according to the station.
“She turned the engine on, dropped it in reverse and turned,” Francis told the station. “That’s when things took a turn.”
Francis said he was actually on the phone with police as he hung onto the hood while Isidore drove from Broward to Miami-Dade counties and back.
“She’s swerving the car and I’m on top of the car,” Francis told a dispatcher, according to the 911 call. “I really need help.”
Francis said he managed to remove the key from the car’s ignition once they reached West Park. He then told police he didn’t want to press charges against the mother of his daughter. He also refused to provide a statement, WPLG reports.
Days after the incident, Francis said he’s still frightened by what happened.