A Tuesday night drug investigation by Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office in Walker that transitioned into a chase ended on Florida Boulevard in a crash that killed a Baton Rouge man not connected to the narcotics case.
Jonathan Scott, 23, of 9487 Balboa Drive, died after his 2004 Chevrolet Impala was struck about 10:30 p.m. by the 2016 Dodge Charger trying to evade Livingston Parish deputies, said Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola.
The driver who struck Scott's vehicle, 30-year-old Reginald Weeden, an ex-con who had been approached by Livingston narcotics detectives about 10 p.m. Tuesday at a residence in the 30,000 block of Walker Road North in Walker, said Livingston Parish Sheriff's spokeswoman Lori Steele.
At that point, Weeden jumped into a vehicle, tried to run over the detectives, and then sped away, Steele said. Neither deputy was hurt.
"Weeden assaulted two of my deputies by attempting to run them over while his vehicle while fleeing the scene," said Livingston Sheriff Jason Ard.
Weeden fled toward Denham Springs, then Baton Rouge, while the detectives followed him, Steele said, until the pursuit ended with the fatal crash about 10 miles from where the chase began. Steele said the detectives had lost sight of Weeden by the time of the crash.
Scott was turning left from Florida Boulevard onto North Stevendale Road when Weeden in the Dodge — coming westbound on Florida Boulevard, the opposite direction as Scott — hit Scott's vehicle, Coppola said. Scott died later in a local hospital.
Steele would not say if detectives were initially searching specifically for Weeden, but she said they were conducting an investigation into illegal activity at the Walker residence where Weeden was first seen.
Weeden, also of Baton Rouge, was transported to a hospital for injuries from the crash and was in stable condition Wednesday morning, Coppola said. Weeden remained at the hospital through the afternoon.
Speed is a suspected factor in the crash, Coppola said.
Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office plans to arrest Weeden on multiple counts upon his release from the hospital, Steele said.
Both Baton Rouge police and Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office continue to investigate the incident.
In 2005, Weeden, of 6655 Fern Drive, was convicted of manslaughter in the beating death of a 55-year-old man who Weeden and another man struck repeatedly with a tree branch on Dec. 9, 2004, according to The Advocate archives.
Weeden was sentenced to 10 years at hard labor in that case, according to East Baton Rouge court records.
Editor's note: This story was changed Thursday, Sept. 7, to correct the spelling of the crash victim's name. It is Jonathan Scott, not Johnathan Scott as was first reported by police.