WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Authorities were called out to the scene of a single-vehicle crash that killed a man who allegedly kidnapped and sent his girlfriend to the hospital Thursday morning.
The wreck happened around 9 a.m. on Rosedale Road near Poydras Bayou Drive. A white Chevy Impala, so mangled its barely identifiable, on its roof in a ditch off Rosedale Road. The engine, in the middle of the highway.
Investigators walked the scene trying to figure out what happened. Police were first alerted to the crash by a woman who called 911 saying she saw it unfold.
The caller passed the phone to another man on the scene who told the dispatcher someone was trapped inside the car.
West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes says when his deputies got to the scene they found the driver, who they later identified as 26-year-old Albert Harris III, dead. His passenger, Cazes says, claimed Harris took her against her will.
"As we were rescuing the lady passenger in the car, she claimed and screamed that she had been kidnapped from her house on Maryland Street in Baton Rouge," Cazes said.
The 34-year-old woman was air lifted to the hospital in critical condition. Investigators later learned she and Harris were in a relationship, and that both lived at the same address.
Detectives say it is still unclear why Harris was traveling at a high rate of speed or what might have caused him to lose control of the car. However, Cazes says it is a miracle that no one else was hurt.
Detectives say they won't know more until they are able to speak to the victim.
Harris was a convicted felon who had served time for armed robbery, possession and distribution of drugs along with other charges.