NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department's Public Integrity Bureau suspended two NOPD officers after they were arrested in separate DWI incidents.
NOPD Officers Orlynthia Miller and Dylen Pazon are now on emergency suspension after allegedly driving while intoxicated.
According to police, the first incident occurred Saturday, around 2:09 a.m. on I-10 East between Morrison Road and Crowder Boulevard. The off-duty officer, identified as Orlynthia Miller, was driving her personal vehicle on the interstate when she struck another moving vehicle from behind, prior to driving off of the right-hand side of the roadway, crashing through a fence and coming to rest at the intersection of South I-10 Service Road and Glengary Road.
Responding officers gave Miller a post-accident test which showed that she was over the legal limit for alcohol. Miller was brought to a local hospital for treatment, then placed under arrest. She is charged with DWI and careless operation.
The second incident occurred Saturday around 3:54 a.m. Police say that Officer Dylen Pazon was off-duty and driving his personal vehicle on the Causeway Bridge when he was pulled over by Causeway Police. Pazon was arrested by Causeway Police and charged with DWI, maximum speed limit, careless operation and no proof of insurance, according to an NOPD spokesperson.
Both officers were immediately placed on emergency suspension by the NOPD's P.I.B. following their arrests.
According to police, Miller, who is a 19-year veteran of the NOPD, was most recently assigned to the Special Victims Section. Pazon, an 11-year veteran of the NOPD was most recently assigned to the Special Operations Division.
"These individuals made a decision to put themselves and everyone around them in danger, and there is no excuse for their actions," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. "We will absolutely not tolerate this type of behavior."
The Public Integrity Bureau is in charge of both investigations.