Police chase from Carrollton ends in crash in Alabama

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Three people were transported to the hospital after a crash ended a police chase that spanned from Georgia into Alabama on Monday.

According to Carrollton Police Department Captain Chris Dobbs, authorities received a call about a house fire at a home on Adamson Avenue around 1:30 p.m.

When crews arrived, they found three people standing outside -- a man, a woman and a 4-year-old girl. A taxi then picked up the family and took them to a McDonald's on Highway 27. Once there, the couple allegedly robbed the taxi driver at gunpoint and took off in his cab.

Police chased the taxi down Highway 27 north to I-20 west. The chase lasted more than 20 miles and crossed into Alabama, and the Alabama Highway Patrol took over.

The pursuit ended in a crash in a wooded area at exit 205 on I-20 west. The suspects -- identified as 20-year-old Rodney Dwayne Smith and 20-year-old Kimberly Rachel Dugger -- and the child were all taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries, according to police.

"No concern for the child in the car," Dobbs said. "The child was not buckled in, and the speed they were going -- from my understanding, they were doing 90 miles an hour."

Authorities said the gun used to hold up the taxi driver was found in the little girl's diaper bag.

According to police, Dugger and Smith are from the Birmingham, Ala. area and had lived in Carrollton for about a month.

Smith was released from the hospital late Tuesday and was transported to the Carroll County Jail.

The couple faces numerous charges, including arson, child endangerment, armed robbery and other traffic violations.

In his first court appearance on Wednesday, Smith was not granted bond. A preliminary hearing was set for May 2.


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