The victim jumped from the car when the suspect reduced speed, as a result of which she sustained some injuries.
A customs inspector was on Monday charged with kidnapping a woman and putting her life at risk.
According to prosecution records, the 28-year-old Emirati officer invited the Serbian woman, 28, for dinner at a hotel, following which he offered to drive her to Jumeirah where her car was parked. He, however, allegedly drove to Sharjah instead and ignored the victim’s repeated pleas to take the Dubai exit or to stop the car.
The victim then jumped from the car when the suspect reduced speed, as a result of which she sustained some injuries.
The accused faced charges of kidnapping a woman and depriving her of her freedom with the use of force, and putting her life at risk in the Court of First Instance.
The woman, 28, who works at a computer services company, said she had dinner with the accused on August 23 last year. “He had some liquor drinks and around 11.00pm, I asked him to take me back to my car in Jumeirah,” she said in the investigation.
But to her surprise, he drove towards Sharjah. “I repeatedly asked him to take the Dubai exit, but he accelerated instead. When I opened the car’s door, he took the next exit, where we got stuck in a traffic jam. He asked me to close the door. He punched me on the face and body several times. I opened the door again in a bid to escape, but he pulled my hair to stop me from getting away.
“Eventually, I managed to get off the car and I fell down on the street. I took a cab and told him to take me to the nearest police station.”
She saw a police patrol parked on the side of the road and narrated her ordeal to them. After a medical examination, she filed a complaint at Al Muraqqabat police station.
The accused claimed in the investigation that he “accidentally” hit the woman’s lips when he tried to take his mobile phone from her.
The criminal evidence report showed there were bruises on the complainant’s face, arms, legs and thighs.