Passenger killed in deadly police chase Monday; hospitalized driver facing charges
BATON ROUGE - A car was fleeing police when it was involved in a deadly crash just outside Baton Rouge Community College's Acadian campus Monday afternoon.
The crash was reported around 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of N Acadian Thruway and Winbourne Avenue. One person was killed and at least two others were hurt.
The man killed was identified as 25-year-old Larry Harris, a passenger inside that fleeing car. The driver of the vehicle reportedly tried to run away from the crash scene but was captured, and a passenger in the back seat surrendered to police after the wreck.
The driver was taken to a hospital and has not been identified by BRPD as of Tuesday, but officers plan to arrest that person upon their release. Police said that person had an extensive criminal history.
Witnesses said multiple unmarked police units were chasing the car just moments before the crash.
The Baton Rouge Police Department said officers began tracking the car after they saw a person with gloves and a full face mask. Officers were trying to stop the driver for traffic violations before it took off, ran a red light and crashed into another car.
Video from the scene showed debris from both vehicles spread all over the roadway.
One woman who lives nearby told WBRZ that scenes of police cars responding to death are becoming far too common.
"We have to walk out our front doors and look at stuff like this and it's not a here and there, it's on a daily basis," Melissa Holliday told WBRZ.
One person goes to Istrouma High near the crash. She says many people walk down Winbourne and she is thankful more people weren't hurt.
"It could have caused more people to have gotten hurt that didn't have anything to do with the situation," Mikayley Hall said.
Police said guns and ammunition were found at the scene and officers believe they are tied to the suspects.
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