NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The bond for the man accused of killing an NOPD officer while allegedly driving drunk was reduced Tuesday from $1 million to $200,000.
Chau Nguyen has been jailed in connection with the June 7 death of 11-year veteran Officer Natasha Hunter.
During the hearing, Nguyen's lawyer argued for the bond reduction, saying her client did not have drugs in his system at the time of the crash, has cooperated fully in the investigation and was not a flight risk. Prosecutors countered that Nguyen's blood alcohol level was high enough to classify the crash as a crime of violence.
Nguyen ran into the back of Hunter's NOPD vehicle as she was responding to an accident on Interstate 10. Hunter was initially hospitalized in critical condition, but later died of her injuries.
In the end, the judge agreed with defense attorneys that the $1 million bond originally set was excessive.
The judge said Nguyen will be required to take weekly drug and alcohol testing, and must promise not to drive if he's released.