Scott County

Georgetown police arrest man accused of kidnapping

Georgetown police arrested a Cincinnati man Thursday night after he allegedly hopped in a woman's car and forced her to drive.

The woman told police that Jerry Smith, 35, got entered the passenger side of her car while she was at a Speedway in Fort Wright and her a knife showed a knife, Georgetown police Lt. Robert Swanigan said. Smith told the woman, who was not identified, to drive to Hazard.

The woman, however, was able to stop at a rest area off Interstate 75 south in Scott County.

"Over the course of the trip, she was developing a plan of what she wanted to do," Swanigan said.

The woman ran inside the rest area and looked for help from employees there. Smith ran behind the rest area, police said.

He was arrested about 1:25 a.m. after employees at the I-75 north rest area in Scott County noticed a suspicious man.

Swanigan said he did not know why the man wanted to go to Hazard.

The woman was not injured but she was "very, very shaken up," Swanigan said.

Smith is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, kidnapping, third-degree terroristic threatening and alcohol intoxication. He was being held Friday at the Scott County jail.

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