NOLA Suspect in Mardi Gras Weekend crash: "I have a drinking problem"

New Orleans Police have accused a driver of killing two people and injuring seven others, mostly bicyclists, after crashing into them with his vehicle on Esplanade Avenue Saturday night, according to

The suspect refused a field sobriety test but did admit he has a drinking problem, according to police records.

Tashonty Toney is the 32-yr-old son of a New Orleans police officer. 

A police spokesperson said he had vomit on his beard and chin when he was being arrested.

He arrived shirtless and barefoot at the police station and refused to be interviewed.

However, in his police report it states that he admitted, “I have a drinking problem. I should have gotten help, I’m going to jail for a DWI.”

Toney has been booked with charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular negligent injury.

Toney’s bond was set at $510,000.

Police say thes suspect was driving in the 3400 block of Esplanade Avenue “at a high rate of speed,” and veered right, entering the bicycle lane and striking three riders.

Those bicyclists were struck and thrown to the ground.

Police say the suspect continued to drive on the bike lane when he hit a second group of cyclists, "pinning one victim against a parked vehicle" and running over another before being blocked by a slower vehicle.

That's when Toney got the genius idea to drive over the concrete neutral ground where he struck a slower-moving vehicle and caused his Chevrolet Camaro to spin out of control and before stopping on the opposite side of the street.

The suspect tried to escape on foot, according to police, but was chased by witnesses and eventually arrested nearby.

Police say his reckless driving killed David Hynes, 21, and Sharree Walls who is believed to about 30 years old.

Seven other people were injured.

This story is crazy.

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