Wanted Fugitive Wade Lohse Releases Video, Saying He’s A ‘Scapegoat’
Lafayette Parish's most wanted fugitive has made a YouTube video, explaining why he walked out of court last month just as his vehicular homicide trial was about to begin.
Lafayette police say Wade Lohse was impaired when he crossed the center line in June 2012 and killed 29-year-old Cacie Barras. Authorities haven't seen him since he left the trial, saying he had to put money in the parking meter.
In the 11-minute YouTube video, Lohse is in a wooded area, and says he believes he's being falsely charged by prosecutors. He says police and the DA's office skewed the details surrounding the crash to make it look like he was at fault. He also argues he was not legally drunk when the fatal accident happened.
The U.S. Marshal's Office says Lohse also faces charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and simple burglary. Lohse says in his video that he's a good person, and authorities are making him the scapegoat in the fatal crash.