PORT ALLEN — When first responders arrived at a one-vehicle crash scene Thursday morning on Rosedale Road, a woman inside the vehicle told them she was the victim of a kidnapping by her boyfriend.
The woman, 34-year-old Rae Michelle Carrell, was airlifted to a hospital where she remained in critical condition Thursday night, Baton Rouge police said.
Her boyfriend, Albert J. Harris, 27, didn’t survive the crash.
Whether Harris kidnapped Carrell wasn’t clear by Thursday night, because Carrell’s condition prevented detectives from interviewing her. But the investigation into the incident remains active, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.
Col. Richie Johnson, of the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, said the crash occurred about 9 a.m. when Harris tried to pass another vehicle on Rosedale Road while traveling more than 100 mph. While attempting to pass, Harris lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a sugar cane field, Johnson said.
After the crash, first responders found a gun and a shirtless Carrell inside the mangled car.
West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes said Harris was Carrell’s boyfriend and the two lived together on Maryland Street in Baton Rouge.
Harris spent much of the past few years of his life incarcerated, and it wasn’t immediately clear Thursday why he was out of jail at the time of Thursday’s crash.
According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Harris was last released from the Parish Prison on Jan. 5 due to a court order.
The District Attorney’s Office has several pending cases against Harris, including multiple charges of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and several charges related to drug and gun possession. In November, an assistant district attorney asked a judge to raise Harris’ bail because he had been arrested several times while previously out on bail.
The request was not granted, said Hillar Moore III, the parish’s district attorney. An assistant district attorney was working on asking again for Harris’ bail to be increased or revoked prior to Harris’ death, Moore said.
Although Harris had been convicted of several felony offenses, including second-degree robbery and receiving stolen things, court records did not indicate he had ever been arrested or convicted of a domestic abuse offense.