Police say mom convinced son to return to deadly DUI scene

A 21-year-old man was persuaded by his mother to return to the scene of a crash that killed a pedestrian in Las Vegas this week, police said.

Jalen Thomas was arrested and charged with impaired driving resulting in death and being required to stop at the scene of an accident, jail records show.

Thomas is believed to have killed a 77-year-old man who was crossing Tropicana Avenue near Torrey Pines Drive around 7 p.m. Monday, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police Department.

Thomas’ arrest report said investigators suspected he was impaired because he had failed several field sobriety tests. He told police he was driving a 2014 Kia ​​Cadenza when the vehicle in front swerved out of its lane and saw the man crossing the road.

“Thomas said he was panicking and believed he would be arrested, so he continued to drive and left the scene to see his daughter one last time before going to jail,” police wrote in the report.

Thomas told police he smoked about a gram of marijuana around noon that day, as he did every day. He has denied having used drugs or alcohol since then.

Detectives spoke to Thomas’ mother who said he called her to report the crash. She brought him back to the scene after convincing him it was the right thing to do, the woman told police.

Thomas is being held without bail and is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

Contact Sabrina Schnur at [email protected] or 702-383-0278. To follow @sabrina_schnur on Twitter.

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