3 NOPD officers injured during early morning crash on I-10

Three police officers were injured while investigating a car crash on Interstate 10, New Orleans police said Sunday (Dec. 22).

According to preliminary reports, the accident happened on I-10 near the Esplanade exit about 2 a.m.

Police said the officers were standing outside their cars when a car being driven by Percy Smith, 34, crashed into them, according to NOPD spokesman Frank Robertson. 

The three officers – who were all on duty at the time of the accident –
were brought to an area hospital where they were treated for minor
injuries.

Smith was booked on a slew of charges including driving while intoxicated, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, disregarding the officer’s signal and hit and run.

No further information was available. 

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