Dec 122011

An allegedly intoxicated off-duty detective with the NOPD First District crashed his personal vehicle into two cars parked on Pitt Street and a third on Milan Street before he was pulled over, arrested and suspended, authorities said Monday.

Charles Coulon, 34, a member of the NOPD First District investigative unit, is charged with hit-and-run driving, driving while intoxicated and reckless operation.

The full text of the news release follows:

An off-duty New Orleans police officer was arrested last night for driving drunk in his personal vehicle and allegedly hitting 3 parked cars at 3 different locations before pulling over and turning himself in to NOPD officers.

Investigators say 34-year-old Charles Coulon allegedly hit a parked car in the 4300-block of Pitt Street around 10pm last night and didn’t stop. Instead, he drove for another block and hit a second parked car in the 4200-block of Pitt. Second District officers were quick to the scene, and followed Coulon to the 1700-block of Milan Street, where he hit a third parked car. The officers were able to pull Coulon over in the 2200-block of Milan, where he got out of his car and was taken into custody.

It was then that officers were able to identify Coulon as an off-duty NOPD officer from the First District Investigative Unit, at which point they immediately notified the Public Integrity Bureau (PIB). PIB officers promptly got out to the scene to begin their investigation.

Coulon was transported to the Special Operations Division DWI section where he submitted to an administrative breath test. The test showed Coulon was intoxicated. Subsequently, PIB investigators arrested him for violating Louisiana statutes governing Reckless Operation, Hit and Run, Driving While Intoxicated and Expired Motor Vehicle Inspection Sticker.

Coulon has been placed on emergency suspension without pay. He has been with the NOPD since 2008.

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