A New Orleans Police Department officer, accused of multiple traffic violations, has been placed on emergency suspension. According to the NOPD, his arrests include flight from an officer and leading Louisiana Department of Public Safety Police on a high-speed chase.
Sgt. Charles Miller, a 26-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department, was pulled over by a DPS officer around 8 p.m. Thursday night, after the officer saw Miller speeding on US 90-B westbound near Claiborne Avenue. The NOPD says Miller's truck had no license plate.
According to a statement from the NOPD, Miller took the St. Charles Avenue exit, and pulled over for the officer at Calliope Street and St. Charles. He allegedly turned over his driver's license and registration to her, but minutes later, aggressively took back his documents from the officer, and in the process, allegedly injured her wrist."
Police say Miller then took off in his truck and led the officer on a high-speed chase, disregarding a stop sign, driving through a red light, hitting speeds near 90 miles per. The officer broke off her pursuit after determining the chase was a serious threat to the public's safety.
Miller turned himself in Friday at the Public Integrity Bureau. He was booked with speeding, no license plate, expired driver's license, battery on an officer, aggravated flight from an officer, disregarding a stop sign, disregarding a red light and reckless operation of a vehicle, according to police. He was placed on emergency suspension without pay, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
Miller was most recently assigned to the Central Evidence and Property Division.