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Off-Duty NOPD Officer Arrested For Impaired Driving

Off-Duty NOPD Officer Arrested For Impaired Driving

An off-duty New Orleans police officer has been arrested for impaired driving and placed on emergency suspension without pay.

The police department said Tuesday that an off-duty Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy spotted Officer Lindy Collins driving erratically in his personal vehicle in Gretna at about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Authorities say Collins' vehicle hit a curb, which caused one of the front tires to blow out.

Police say the deputy approached Collins and determined he was incoherent. An off-duty New Orleans police officer assisted the deputy and both stayed with Collins until Gretna Police arrived.

Collins was booked on a charge of driving while impaired.

Deputy Chief Arlinda Westbrook immediately suspended Collins pending an investigation.

It was not immediately known whether Collins had an attorney.

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