A 26-year-old Cedar Rapids woman was arrested early this morning after Iowa City police said two people had to jump from her minivan as she entered Interstate 80 because she refused to let them out.
Antoinette Denise Grant faces a charge of false imprisonment and operating while intoxicated, both serious misdemeanors, based on allegations she tried to charge two people for a ride in her van and then refused to let them out.
Iowa City police were called just after 2 a.m. by a man who said he was being held against his will in a van. When officers located the van matching the description heading west on Interstate 80, they pulled it over and made contact with the driver – identified as Grant.
She had blood-shot and watery eyes and smelled of alcohol and marijuana, according to a police report. She refused breath and blood tests.
Upon further investigation, officers learned that the two victims in this case got into Grant’s van and asked for a ride. But, according to police, when they reached their destination, an argument ensued about payment for the ride.
One of the victims paid $10 for the ride, but the other refused to pay, according to police. Grant is accused of then driving away and refusing to stop to let the victims out, saying she was driving to Cedar Rapids, police reported.
One of the victims called 911 for help while inside the van, but Grant still is accused of refusing to stop, according to police. Both jumped out as the van turned onto the interstate, police reported.
Grant is being held in the Johnson County Jail in lieu of a $6,000 cash-only bond.
Grant’s criminal history in Iowa includes charges for fighting in public and numerous driving offenses, including failure to have a valid license.