Lafayette’s Most Wanted Fugitive releases YouTube video explaining his case
POSTED: Monday, April 8, 2013 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Monday, April 8, 2013 - 4:01pm
LAFAYETTE, LA (NBC33) — A fugitive with a lengthy criminal history released a video on YouTube explaining his reasoning for skipping out on a court date.
“Unfortunately, the government has been giving you misinformation,” he said in the 11-minute video released on YouTube. “I’m not a violent person at all. You can ask anybody that I’ve had dealings with…”
Wade Lohse was supposed to appear in a Lafayette court room on Monday, March 25, but he walked out before the proceedings started. He is now wanted by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Offender Task Force.
“These are all things that can be resolved if he shows up in court,” Cpt. Kip Judice, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, said about the video released on YouTube. ”They may be valid arguments, but everything he argues needs to be ruled by a judge. It’s not something that can be fought on the Internet.”
Lohse was scheduled to appear in court for three charges. The first was for a crash he allegedly caused in June 2012 that resulted in the death of Cacie Barras, 29, of Youngsville. Officials say toxicology tests prove he was impaired during the time of the crash, for which Lohse fired off a counter argument.
“I have a lot of questions about the vehicular homicide case,” Lohse said in the video. “I was never issued an OUI. They waited almost two months for my tox results to come back from the state lab. The state lab came back as a .08, which means I was not drunk. I had stopped drinking an hour and a half, two hours, before we even left the bar, because I didn’t want to be drunk and driving.”
Lohse is not currently facing charges for OUI. However, the two additional charges he was supposed to argue in court on March 25 were related to two separate incidents. The first occurred on January 23, 2010.
“He was originally pulled over for speeding,” Cpt. Judice said when explaining his charges. “He had an open alcohol container in the car, he was charged with OWI, and they found a gun in his possession.”
All three of the traffic charges have been resolved and Lohse served 2 months in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. However, the Felony Possession of a Firearm charge was supposed to be addressed during the March 25 court date. Lohse addressed that charges in his video.
“The first case, the possession of firearm by felon, in my readings and my understanding, the constitution specifically states that Section 11 has the right to own and bear arms,” he said. “The only clause they have in there for violations and laws that they can put in there are for concealed carry and I did not have a concealed carry weapon. It was in my vehicle, I understand that. But the bottom line is that Section 20 of the constitution states that after you’re done with sentences, probation, parole, prison sentences, you get all your rights restored back to you 100 percent.”
The final charge Lohse was facing in court was for an arrest that occurred after the first traffic incident, but before the fatal crash. It was for a simple Burglary that occurred on April 15, 2011.
“I’m still flabbergasted as to how that ever became of,” Lohse said. “The biggest issue I have with that they never arrested me for the charge. They just scooped me up and put me in jail and gave me bail.”
Lohse continued to argue each of the charges in his video and concluded by saying “you’re going to hold this over my head and bring all of this stuff up from 20 to 25 years ago that’s going to make me look like an even worse person.”
Officials responded by saying that Lohse should bring those arguments to court.
“This is why we have a judicial system,” Cpt. Judice added. “Certainly I would encourage him to argue his points in front of a judge. We don’t doubt that the burden of proof is on the state of Louisiana, but they cannot present an argument without him there.”
Cpt. Judice also noted that a new warrant has been issued for Lohse since missing his court date. On April 2, 2013 he was issued a warrant for Felony Theft.
“The new case that was issued by a deputy is that within the last month he picked up a piece of machinery from a local business with the agreement that he would repair and return it,” Cpt. Judice said. “The customer contacted him and asked him to return it, but he has not done so.”
Lohse is currently considered Lafayette Parish’s Most Wanted Fugitive and information leading to his arrest could lead to a cash reward.
If you know anything regarding his whereabouts call (337) 251-6921.