Suspect in hit-and-run near LSU turns himself in

Matt Tugwell (Source: Facebook)
Matt Tugwell (Source: Facebook)
John Baus III
John Baus III

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The suspect in the pedestrian hit-and-run near LSU that left a man in ICU late Saturday has turned himself in.

Thanks to a Crime Stoppers tip, the vehicle suspected as being involved in the hit-and-run was found at a local repair shop Monday.

Tuesday morning, around 10:15 a.m. 24-year-old John Baus III turned himself in to  traffic investigators.

Family members of 28-year-old Matt Tugwell set up a Facebook page where they're posting updates on the man's condition and details of the incident.

The latest update reads: Matt is doing well. Still in ICU getting really good care. He is stable, in a lot of pain but he has been talking, asking questions. He really wants to find this person. Still not certain when he will be out of ICU, hopefully tonight, I will post as soon as I know.

Police say the hit-and-run occurred around 11:20 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of State Street and Dalrymple Drive.

According to witnesses, Tugwell was walking along State Street when a car hit him, tossing him into the air and back onto the car. The driver then allegedly sped off down Dalrymple after Tugwell rolled into the street.  Police say Tugwell was at the intersection and was crossing the street, while on a walk symbol within the crosswalk.

Witnesses gave conflicting reports on the exact type of vehicle involved, but all said it was white in color and most certainly has damage to the windshield.

The car, a white Toyota Prius, was taken into possession by police Monday when the Crime Stoppers tip led them to a local repair shop.

Baus III is being charged with felony hit and run, careless operation and red light violation. He will be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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