Time running out for those with misdemeanor warrants
BATON ROUGE - Time is fast running out for people to take care of any outstanding misdemeanor warrants they may have in Baton Rouge.
It was a busy day at the Baton Rouge City Court House, as more than 2,200 people walked into the city court house to settle unpaid fines, about 800 more than a normal day.
"I'm down here paying a ticket. I had a warrant for a seat belt violation," says Gerard Triche.
Starting Monday, the city jail in downtown Baton Rouge will operate 24/7. Until then you have a chance to clear up any outstanding misdemeanor warrants. If you don't, you could end up behind bars. Gerard Triche, says he got the message.
"Either come down today, or go to jail. I don't want to go to jail for a seat belt violation," he said.
Currently there are more than 160,000 outstanding warrants in East Baton Rouge Parish.
"If you have a bench warrant, then you need to take care of it, or we're going to take care of it for you," says Constable Reginald Brown.
"You could have at least made the effort to come in and say I don't have a job, I don't have any money but I'm willing to do whatever is necessary but now it's not the time, now is the time to face the fact to come in and take care of your business."
Tiche is happy he had a chance to pay up, before he was picked up. He also says after all of this, a lesson has been learned.
"I'm going to buckle up," he said.