A habitual drug offender who has served six sentences, Smith then drove the woman to Monroe and kept her imprisoned in a house, the story says. The woman says she wasn't allowed to leave because Smith didn't want anyone to see the injuries he had inflicted on her.
On July 5, she escaped, the story says, and called Monroe police from her daughter's house. Smith has been charged with false imprisonment, battery and obstruction of a 911 call.
All of Smith's alleged offenses fall under the state Family Violence Act.
Capt. Sam Treadwell of the Monroe Police Department said, "We
arrested him on warrants out of Athens. We were prepared to take out
warrants on him here, but when we spoke to the victim, she said it all
took place in Athens. We just picked him up on their warrants."
Treadwell said Smith was transferred to the custody of Athens-Clarke County on Monday. He was also charged with violating parole, according to the Athens Banner Herald.