Police in Baker and Zachary have joined other agencies in using the refurbished Baton Rouge City Jail to hold people arrested for failing to answer traffic charges or other misdemeanor violations in Baker and Zachary city courts.
Baker police were out at 5 a.m. Monday for a special roundup of people named in outstanding City Court warrants, Police Chief Mike Knaps said.
Zachary Police Chief David Courtney said his department plans a roundup in the near future.
Meanwhile, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said business was brisk Monday at the warrant windows for Baton Rouge City Court and 19th Judicial District Court because of the crackdown on outstanding warrants.
“It looks like both courts will easily exceed Friday’s numbers. No trouble has been at either line, as the sheriff and constable have provided resources for crowd control,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said in a news release.
Hicks said thousands of people appeared Friday and Monday to clear up their obligations and have their warrants recalled.
At an average of $150 owed to the courts for each warrant, the collections will more than offset the cost of running the jail during the weekend.
She also said the Constable’s Office, City Court, state District Court, Baton Rouge police headquarters and the District Attorney’s Office have been experiencing a lot of telephone calls because of people inquiring about arrest warrants.
Hicks said 124 people had been booked at the City Jail by 5 p.m. Monday.
More than two-thirds of them were able to post bail, and a few with other types of “holds” were transferred to Parish Prison to be seen by a judge.
Baker police Capt. Mike Shropshire said officers arrested 18 people in Monday’s morning roundup, and most of those were taken to the Baton Rouge City Jail.
The roundup cleared 22 Baker warrants, three issued through the Sheriff’s Office and one through the Zachary City Court, Shropshire said.
Baker police also arrested one person on a Juvenile Court fugitive warrant, he said.
“If you have an outstanding warrant, you need to pay up,” Shropshire said, adding anyone stopped for a traffic violation in Baker will be taken to the Baton Rouge City Jail if the officer also finds the driver has an outstanding warrant.
Baker warrants can be recalled at the Baker City Court office in the police station building on Alabama Street.
Zachary’s City Court office is in the Police Complex building on Main Street at the railroad tracks.