Officer in serious condition after Sunday auto accident

Officer in serious condition after Sunday auto accident

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An NOPD officer is in the hospital after being knocked unconscious in a car accident on the Pontchartrain Expressway.

According to police, Sixth District Officer Vernell Brown was working a crash on US 90b at the I-10 East split with two police recruits in training. Upon arrival, the recruit driving the marked police unit parked in the shoulder lane and Officer Brown exited on the passenger side of the vehicle. While Brown was walking near the guard rail, a Ford Mustang driven by a 28-year-old man struck him, knocking the 47-year-old officer unconscious.

Investigators say that the driver of the mustang hit a Toyota Scion before leaving the roadway and striking Officer Brown. The 21-year-old woman driving the Scion and the driver of the Mustang both sustained minor injuries in the crash.

The incident was originally reported as a hit and run by NOPD, but officials are now saying that both the 28-year-old man and 21-year-old woman remained on the scene.

Police said they took both drivers in for DWI testing and questioning. Preliminary results show that the male driver did not have any alcohol in his system and the female driver was under the legal limit.

No charges have been filed at this point. The investigation is ongoing.

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