BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Baton Rouge Police arrested 23-year-old Warren Thomas for allegedly illegally drag racing and killing his passenger on August 20th.
“Everybody will be arrested,” said Sgt. L’Jean McKneely, a spokesperson for Baton Rouge Police. “Innocent people can get hurt behind this.”
McKneely says the department is doing everything to end the culture of illegal stunt driving.
“We’ve been running special operations. We are following Twitter, Instagram — anything that’s out there we know they are using, we’re on it,” he said.
Police records show Thomas was traveling 94 miles per hour on Airline Highway before crashing into a guardrail. That’s more than 40 miles over the speed limit. Thomas’s blood alcohol level was over the legal limit, and he crashed without wearing a seatbelt.
“If you want to drag race, there are places where you can go where it can be safe for you,” said McKneely.
There have been incidents from drag racers disrupting traffic to a police chase in the city-parish. The East Baton Rouge Metro Council passed new rules toughening consequences for drag racing. Now, judges can issue fines up to a thousand dollars and police can tow the vehicle for at least 15 days.
In 2020, two men were killed in a crash by a car, which police say was caused by drag racing with another car.
“We’re going to hold you accountable and accept you to be responsible,” McKneely.
Thomas is facing charges of vehicular homicide, drag racing and racing on public roads; serious bodily injury or death, operating while intoxicated, no seat belt, reckless operation of a vehicle, and general speed law.