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Police used helicopter to track down man accused of stunt driving in busy intersection

1 year 2 months 1 week ago Tuesday, February 07 2023 Feb 7, 2023 February 07, 2023 2:02 PM February 07, 2023 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man accused of drag racing who fled from law enforcement in a high-speed chase Feb. 3.

According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, officers were called to the intersection of South Choctaw and North Flannery Drives on reports of a "street takeover" by street car gang "2ActiveBR" shortly before midnight.

One of the cars involved, an orange Dodge Charger, was doing repeated donuts in the intersection while people stood to the side and watched. 

An officer in the BRPD helicopter followed the Charger away from the intersection as it traveled at an "extremely high rate of speed." Another officer on the ground in a police unit saw the Charger drive by at over 100 mph through a red light and against oncoming traffic. 

The BRPD helicopter followed the Charger and watched it leave the roadway multiple times and hit a sign that belonged to the city of Zachary. The driver ultimately stopped at the intersection of Mt. Pleasant-Zachary Road and Pecan Hill Drive and was arrested. 

The driver was identified as 23-year-old Kelvin Brown.

Brown was arrested for aggravated flight from an officer, obstruction of justice, criminal damage to property, hit and run, and drag racing.

Brown's car didn't have a license plate on it. Arrest records show that Brown used an automated license plate cover. 

It's a device that flips over the plate usually by pushing a button in order to make the car harder to be detected by police. 

Police say this device "actively obstructs investigations."

Street racing is something that WBRZ have covered extensively for the better part of a year. 

In April of 2022, Darrien Rogers was accused of manslaughter in the death of Sherell Weston after driving away from police the night of the Garth Brooks concert. His trial is set for August. 

A month later, two men, Jason Cager and Troy Perret, were arrested for a similar street takeover. Investigators say the street racers showed zero regard for human life. Cager was last in court in December. His status conference was rescheduled for March. 

Perret plead guilty to simple obstruction in September and placed on one year of unsupervised probation. He has to pay $2,000 in restitution to Baton Rouge Police and is scheduled to be in court in March for a probation renew. 

As for Brown, he is no longer in jail after posting a $35,000 bond. 

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