Couple leads police on chase from Georgia to Alabama - CBS46 News

Couple leads police on chase from Georgia to Alabama

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Rodney Dewayne Smith Rodney Dewayne Smith

A Carrollton couple is facing criminal charges including aggravated assault, armed robbery and arson after police said the couple set their home on fire, then carjacked a cab before taking police on a high-speed chase that ended when they crashed in Cleburne County, AL.

"The fire department was working the fire around 1:30 p.m. and the Carrollton fire chief noticed a cab pull up and the two suspects and a little girl get into it and leave the scene," said Capt. Chris Dobbs with the Carrollton Police Dept.

Police said a few minutes later they got a 911 call about a car-jacking at a nearby McDonald's involving what turned out to be the driver of that cab.

"He said about that time 20-year-old Rodney Dewayne Smith leans over and starts trying to get into his pockets and he of course asks what he is doing and the cab driver turns and sees the backseat passenger, Kimberly Dugger, has a gun pointed toward his head," Dobbs said.

Investigators said the cab driver got out of the cab and Smith, Dugger and Dugger's 4-year-old daughter left.

"The vehicle gets on I-20 and goes westbound with Bremen police officers in pursuit," Dobbs said.

Police said the chase reached speeds in excess of 90 mph into Alabama before Smith lost control and crashed near exit 206 in Heflin, AL.

"The child, which is a girl, sustained lacerations to her forehead. The female was airlifted to Birmingham hospital, the male was transported to Tanner Medical Center," said Dobbs.
Dobbs said Smith told investigators the couple had only lived in the area for a few weeks and wanted to move back to Alabama.

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