A man accused of kidnapping a woman in Fort Walton Beach was taken into custody after a leading lawmen on a high-speed car chase in Jackson County on Sunday afternoon, officials say.
According to a social media post from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the communications center received a 911 call from employees of a Love Truck Stop in Cottondale. The employees said a woman claimed she had been kidnapped and forced into the vehicle at gunpoint.
The woman told employees that the alleged kidnapper was outside at a gas pump in a white Cadillac XTS. The woman added she had been threatened and was afraid of being shot, the social media post said.
Deputies and Cottondale police officers responded to the truck stop and contacted the suspect, later identified as 36-year-old Albert Mckinnie of Fort Walton Beach, who then sped away.
A high-speed car chase ensued on Interstate 10. McKinnie exited at the Kynesville Highway interchange and continued toward U.S. Highway 231 at speeds over 100 mph, the Sheriff's Office said.
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper who stopped at the U.S. 231 intersection to protect the public and took over the chase as McKinnie entered Washington County. After finding a safe area, the trooper forced McKinnie to lose control and run off the road, the Sheriff's Office said.
McKinnie was arrested and taken to the Washington County Jail. He was charged with fleeing and eluding police, robbery (carjacking with a firearm), possession of a firearm by convicted felon, possession of cocaine, grand theft of a motor vehicle and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.
The victim told law enforcement McKinnie drove the Cadillac while holding a gun, threatening and battering her. She said she convinced McKinnie to let her use the restroom at the truck stop, where she told the staff she had been kidnapped.