Teen's quick thinking saves her from kidnapper


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Memphis police say a 17-year-old girl was able to escape her kidnapper, and her quick thinking helped put him behind bars.

The teen told police she was walking home from work on Friday, and that's when Jeremy Woodard offered her a ride.

The victim told Woodard where she lived, but he started to drive in the opposite direction. According to the affidavit, she repeatedly asked Woodard to let her go. She noticed the door handle on the passenger side was missing, and it kept her from jumping out.

Police said Woodard stopped at a park and started touching her. The teen distracted Woodard and was able to get away, but he caught up with her shortly thereafter, pulled her hair, slapped her and threatened to kill her. He threw her back in the truck and started driving.

The teen saw a police car as they were driving. To get the officer's attention, she grabbed the wheel and swerved toward the squad car.

The affidavit states she got out of the car and ran to the officer.

Jeremy Woodard was arrested. He is now charged with aggravated kidnapping, sexual battery and solicitation of a minor. He is being held on $100,000 bond and will be in court on Monday.

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