Cop arrested, suspended after allegedly trying to run man down
Dave Cohen Reporting
The NOPD has arrested and suspended an officer after she allegedly attacked a man.
"Officer Stephanie Caldwell has been placed on emergency suspension without pay after being arrested," according to a news release from the City of New Orleans.
Officials say it happened around 3:30am Sunday.
"Caldwell was involved in a verbal and physical altercation in the 1700 block of North Broad Street with a 47-year-old male victim. During the incident, Caldwell attempted to strike the victim with her vehicle. The victim fled on foot in a westbound direction on North Broad Street as Caldwell pursued in her vehicle, driving against traffic on North Broad and Onzaga Street before striking a parked car. Caldwell continued onto Roussellin Drive and struck a wooden post, cracking it in half and disabling her vehicle."
The man was not injured.
"After undergoing alcohol and drug testing, and receiving medical clearance, the NOPD Public Integrity Bureau arrested and booked Caldwell."
The release say it is NOPD protocol that Caldwell is placed on emergency suspension without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
"Caldwell is a 10-year veteran of the NOPD and was most recently assigned to the Special Operation Division Tactical Unit."
She is charged with the following:
Aggravated Assault (Domestic)
Simple Battery (Domestic)
Reckless Operation of a vehicle
Hit & Run
Driving against traffic
The NOPD is not saying what the relationship is between the officer and the victim.