New Orleans police sergeant charged in drunken driving crash
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans police sergeant was charged with driving while intoxicated after he was accused of crashing a cruiser into another vehicle and rolling the squad car, injuring himself and the other driver.
New Orleans Police Sgt. Danny McMullen Jr., 52, was arrested early Sunday, shortly after he was taken to a hospital where a breath test determined he was intoxicated, news outlets reported, citing the agency.
The crash happened around 2 a.m. on an interstate. McMullen’s injuries were described as “minor,” and the other driver was injured but not taken to the hospital, police said in a statement.
Officials said McMullen refused a blood-alcohol test that would have been performed by officers rather than at the hospital, which was a violation of department protocol.
McMullen was placed on “emergency suspension” following the arrest, police spokesman Ken Jones said.
The 30-year veteran of the force is assigned to the district that patrols the historic French Quarter and nearby areas. He was previously arrested by his agency in July 2018, when he was issued a municipal summons following a fight with a neighbor that resulted in calls to police. McMullen and the neighbor were cited for battery, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported.
McMullen argued he was defending himself and the City Attorney’s Office later dropped the charge. The neighbor was acquitted.
The newspaper said that both McMullen and Eric Hessler, the Police Association of New Orleans lawyer who previously represented him, did not return a call seeking comment Sunday.
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