NOPD officer placed on suspension following DWI crash in department vehicle
POSTED: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 12:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 4:55pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (NBC33) — An officer with the New Orleans Police Department was placed on Emergency Suspension without Pay after he was allegedly involved in a crash while over the legal limit for alcohol.
According to the New Orleans Police Department, the incident happened on Sunday, Aug. 1 at roughly 2:30 a.m. We’re told Officer Jayson Germann was driving on the I-10 Twin Span when he lost control of his unmarked vehicle and hit a guardrail. His vehicle then hit another vehicle being driven by Frank Hyde, 52, of Slidell.
The Louisiana State Police was called to investigate. They suspected Germann was under the influence, and he agreed to take a breathalyzer. The test showed that he was over the legal limit and he was subsequently arrested and charged with DWI and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
Officials say the second driver involved in the crash, Hyde, was also found to be over the legal limit for alcohol. He was also arrested.
Officer Germann was not on duty when the crash occurred. He was recently assigned to the department’s Gang Intelligence Unit.