A leader of one of the NOPD Sixth District’s task forces was placed on emergency suspension Thursday night amid allegations of driving recklessly and trying to escape a Causeway Police officer, New Orleans police officials said.
Sgt. Gary Calico is accused of driving recklessly on the Causeway shortly after midnight Thursday morning, refusing to pull over for a Causeway police officer and leading him on a high-speed chase on the Northshore, according to Remi Braden, director of NOPD public affairs. Calico allegedly escaped from the Causeway officer, then tried to evade him when he arrived at Calico’s home in Covington, Braden said.
A warrant was issued for Calico’s arrest on charges of reckless operation, aggravated flight from an officer and a number of traffic violations, and Calico turned himself in to the St. Tammany Parish jail around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Braden said.
Calico had previously been arrested following a chase on the Causeway in 2007, according to our partners at WWL-TV.
Calico, a 22-year veteran of the department, was most recently assigned as the supervisor of one of the Sixth District’s two task forces. The task forces are usually given proactive assignments in areas of the district experiencing high rates of violent crimes and drugs, and account for many of the guns seized in the district each week. Calico is also known in the Sixth District for leading the “bait bike” stings designed by Commander Bob Bardy to discourage bicycle thefts while targeting repeat offenders.