TROUP COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - An Alabama woman is safe after a terrifying kidnapping ordeal which ended when investigators said she escaped from her kidnapper at the Georgia border.
This construction project on Interstate 85 near the Alabama border may have been a Godsend for a woman who told a deputy she'd been kidnapped by a man who led other deputies on a high-speed chase.
"That could have been a tragedy real bad if the traffic hadn't have been slow like that no telling what would have happened," said Christine Taylor, who was stopped at the Rest Stop Near the Alabama border.
Instead, investigators said it was a woman rescued from a kidnapper.
Her ordeal came to an end around 10:30 Tuesday night on Northbound Interstate 85 in Harris County just into the state of Georgia where a Troup County deputy was working a side job as traffic control.
Vehicles were crawling because of the paving project when a woman jumped out of a car near the Troup County squad car.
"And she tells him she was that she was the victim of a kidnapping in Montgomery Alabama," said Sgt. Stewart Smith, with the Troup County Sheriff's Office.
He said after the deputy secured the victim's safety with other agencies he radioed another deputy who spotted the car driven by 40-year-old Rubin Mack of Montgomery Alabama.
Sgt. Smith said Mack kept driving another 35 miles into Meriwether County then south on a rural highway to Harris County.
He said the high-speed pursuit ended when Mack crashed in a ditch in the town of Waverly Hall.
"It could have been just desperation driving, not really knowing what roads he's on because he's not from this area and it's probably just desperation at that point just trying to get away," said Sgt. Smith.
Mack is being held at the Troup County Jail about 100 miles from Montgomery Alabama where Investigators say the journey northward began with a kidnapped woman in his car.
"That would be really scary like fearing your life, not knowing where they are taking you, what they are going to do to you," said Chastity Price, who was stopped at the Rest Stop near the Alabama border.
Montgomery Police were still investigating the exact nature of the kidnapping but investigators with Troup County told FOX 5 News the kidnapping victim was emotionally shaken but physically OK.
"I'm just glad she did escape. God was in the plan," said Christine Taylor.
Troup County Investigators said Mack faces numerous traffic charges in Georgia but will likely be extradited back to Montgomery Alabama to face the more serious charge of kidnapping.
Unclear where Mack and his kidnapping victim were headed but Sgt. Smith said Mack had previously lived in College Park.