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State Police charged two men with kidnapping after a woman jumped out of their moving car and took off running in Newburyport.

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A driver flagged down a trooper working a construction detail and told them that a woman had bailed out of a car on Route 95 south at about 6:46 p.m. on Tuesday. State Police found a woman walking on Route 113 near the 95 South ramp. According to police, the 53-year-old Danvers woman had sustained minor injuries and was bleeding when troopers found her, but she refused medical treatment.

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The driver of the 2014 Ford Focus she jumped out of did not make it too far, and had pulled over. Troopers rolled up on the car and determined that James Poretta, 52, of Peabody and Joseph Poretta, 55, had thrown the woman into the car against her will, and disregarded her pleas to let her out. Police say the woman knew the two men. She escaped by jumping out of the moving car.

Joseph Poretta, the passenger, was charged with kidnapping and assault to commit a felony.

James Poretta, the driver, was charged with kidnapping and assault.

The two were booked and taken to the Middletown Jail where they were ordered held without bail until their arraignment on Wednesday.

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