Kidnapping of Notasulga Baby, Grandmother Leads to Chase, Arrest

NOTASULGA, Ala. --  A Notasulga man who allegedly kidnapped his infant son and grandmother-in-law, then led several law enforcement agencies in a high-speed chase, will face felony kidnapping charges.

Notasulga Police Sgt. Howard Ray said 34-year-old Lysander Devon Smith will also be charged with trying to elude law enforcement and reckless endangerment in Sunday's chase. Smith remains in the Macon County Jail on a $25,300 bond today.

Ray said the charges were filed by his department because the family refused to press charges.

The incident began around 10:30 Sunday morning on Pistol Road in Notasulga when Smith apparently kidnapped the baby, believed to be between six to eight months old, and the woman from the home.

Ray said the woman's husband pursued them in his own car and called 911 after failing to stop Smith's vehicle.

Ray said his department got involved around 11 a-m as Smith headed south on Highway 81 toward Tuskegee. He said Smith then got on Interstate 85 and eventually got off at Shorter where he released the child and woman at the police department before getting back on the interstate.

Notasulga officers ended the chase around two and-a-half hours later on Exit 28.


Information from: Opelika-Auburn News

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