NOPD Officer arrested after WDSU I-Team investigation into hit-and-run accident
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDSU) — A New Orleans Police Department officer who was the subject of a WDSU I-Team investigation has been arrested and suspended without pay for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run accident -- the second such accident for which he now faces criminal charges.
Roger Jonathan Jones, Jr. surrendered Monday afternoon to Public Integrity Bureau investigators.
In January, the I-Team reported that investigators had charged Jones with hit and run and failure to maintain control of a vehicle in connection with a Jefferson Parish accident that seriously damaged his take-home squad car. The incident happened on Sept. 19, 2011.
The new charges stem from an accident in Orleans Parish earlier in the same day. The NOPD had taken a report of a hit-and-run at Jackson Avenue and Magazine Street in which the reporting party claimed an NOPD cruiser struck a vehicle and drove off.
Jones is charged in that matter with disregarding a traffic signal, driving recklessly and hitting a parked car and leaving the scene.
No one was injured in either accident.
Jones served in the 8th District as a quality of life officer prior to his suspension. At the time of the initial I-Team report linking Jones to the Jefferson Parish accident, NOPD officials said they were conducting a probe to determine whether action would be taken regarding Jones.
Click here to read the original I-Team report by WDSU.