NEW ORLEANS (WVUE/Grey Information) – A New Orleans police officer was arrested final week for allegedly driving drunk whereas on obligation and crashing his marked cruiser into a number of automobiles.
Based on authorities, the officer’s blood alcohol content material was greater than twice the authorized restrict.
The NOPD mentioned Visitors Division officer Denzel Millon was taken into custody round 4 a.m. on July 28 after “placing a number of automobiles.”
The incident occurred close to the intersection of St. Peter and St. Joseph streets within the Warehouse District.
Millon submitted a breathalyzer check that registered his blood alcohol content material at .186 %, which is greater than twice the state’s restrict of .08 to function a motorized vehicle legally.
He was booked with DWI and driving on a roadway laned for visitors.
Supt. Shaun Ferguson publicly acknowledged Millon’s arrest for the primary time throughout a press convention on different issues Wednesday at NOPD headquarters.
“As is customary process, he’s reassigned, pending additional investigation,” Ferguson mentioned. “He was arrested, he has his proper to due course of, however he will probably be reassigned pending this investigation.”
The officer’s arrest was a poorly saved secret in regulation enforcement circles, however was closure for the town’s Municipal and Visitors Court docket final Thursday as a result of roof injury prevented reporters from accessing information in regards to the incident.
On Wednesday, Ferguson defended that NOPD did not report the arrest to the general public for the previous six days.
“Except you ask us, we don’t simply run and let you know,” Ferguson mentioned with a shrug. “We don’t must report every little thing out like that. We’re not required to try this. However, it’s not something that we’re hiding, both. It’s simply one thing that occurred and now we’re telling you about it.”
Ferguson bristled when requested in regards to the division’s obvious lack of transparency concerning the officer’s arrest.
“I don’t agree with that,” he mentioned. “We’ve not carried out that previously. We’ve by no means carried out that. I’m unsure for those who’re aware of that, however we’ve by no means carried out that. However when requested, we acknowledge.”
Donovan Livaccari, the legal professional representing Millon from the native Fraternal Order of Police chapter, didn’t instantly return a name looking for touch upon the case.
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