Charged with fatal, 119-mph police chase, Baton Rouge man’s lawyers question the pursuit
By Joe Gyan Jr., the advocate.com
The man who led police on a 10-mile chase from Walker to Baton Rouge, reaching speeds of nearly 120 mph at one point, was traveling 90 mph when he collided with a car on Florida Boulevard, killing that driver, a prosecutor told a jury Monday.
But an attorney for Reginald Weeden, who is standing trial in the 2017 death of Jonathan Scott, argued to jurors that a Livingston Parish sheriff’s narcotics detective and a Denham Springs police officer who pursued the fleeing Weeden across parish lines into East Baton Rouge Parish share some responsibility for the fatal crash.
Weeden, 34, of Baton Rouge, is charged with manslaughter in the death of Scott, 23, also of Baton Rouge. He faces up to 40 years in prison if found guilty as charged. Read more here.
21-640 Police Officers observed vehicle racing and driving erratically on the highway at dangerously high speeds. Officers were able to position themselves behind the racing vehicle and used a StarChase GPS Tag to successfully tag and track the vehicle at 80 miles per hour. The vehicle slowed down and pulled over immediately. Officers were able to address the situation without further incident.