A Cullman man was arrested in Mississippi Sunday on charges he allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and led police on a high-speed chase, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
Curtis Bakley, 29, picked up his ex-girlfriend, Angelica Harris, 24, from a residence near Hartselle Sunday, Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver told AL.com. It’s not clear if Harris willingly got into the car, but police believe she was being held against her will when officers tried to stop the car Bakley was driving.
The chase started around 1 p.m. Sunday when Alabama State Troopers attempted to stop a car driving at high speeds on Highway 24 in southern Franklin County, he said. At one point, the car was clocked driving at speeds near 100 miles per hour, Oliver said.
State police and sheriff’s deputies tried to block the speeding car, and Harris, who is deaf and mute, held a note to the window asking for help, he said.
“The note asked for help and said he wouldn’t let her go,” Oliver told AL.com. “When she did that (held up the note), he held his hand up to her head and made a gesture of a gun. At that point, we knew this was a lot more serious.”
Mississippi authorities joined the chase after the car crossed state lines, and Bakley was stopped safely around 1:30 p.m. two miles east of Tremont in Itawamba County, Oliver said. At some point during the chase, Bakley allegedly rammed his car into a police car.
This isn’t the first time he’s led police on a high-speed pursuit. In July 2016, Bakley fled in a car after Cullman County sheriff’s deputies arrived to investigate a reported domestic disturbance in Vinemont. Deputies chased Bakley into Morgan County up U.S. 31, joined by Alabama State Troopers, Falkville and Decatur police and Morgan County Sheriff’s deputies.
He also has a lengthy criminal record, many of the charges stemming from speeding and other traffic violations including multiple charges of reckless endangerment. Court documents also show Harris applied for a protection from abuse order against Bakley Nov. 1, claiming he was physically abusive to her. The case is set for a hearing Jan. 24 with Morgan County Circuit Judge Jennifer Howell presiding.
“Curtis is in Decatur City Jail and has tried to contact me,” according to the Nov. 1 petition. “I am afraid that when Curtis gets out of jail, he will hurt me badly and my children.”
Harris previously sought and received a PFA in Cullman in 2016, citing an incident where he allegedly attacked her with a piece of a broken chair, shoving his 10-month-old daughter’s car seat out of the way to reach Harris in the backseat of a vehicle. Court records show the 2016 PFA was lifted in September 2016 at Harris’ request since Bakley was no longer in Alabama.
On Sunday, Bakley was charged with kidnapping, assaulting a police officer and multiple traffic offenses. He remained in Franklin County Jail on $250,000 Tuesday evening.