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Jul 28, 2014 2:10 PM by Letitia Walker

NOPD Officer put on leave after being accused of trying to run a man over

An officer with the New Orleans Police Department has been put on emergency leave without pay after being arrested over the weekend.  

Officers say around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, Stephanie 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 allegedly attempted to strike the victim with her vehicle.

The victim reportedly fled on foot as Caldwell pursued in her vehicle, driving against traffic, before striking a parked car. Police say Caldwell continued onto Roussellin Drive and struck a wooden post, cracking it in half and disabling her vehicle.

After undergoing alcohol and drug testing, and receiving medical clearance, the NOPD Public Integrity Bureau says they arrested and booked Caldwell. The victim received no injuries as a result of the altercation and refused medical treatment.

Caldwell is a 10-year veteran of the NOPD and was most recently assigned to the Special Operation Division Tactical Unit.

Caldwell is facing the following charges:

R.S. 14:37.3 Aggravated Assault (Domestic);
R.S. 14:35.3 Simple Battery (Domestic);
R.S. 14:99 Reckless Operation of a vehicle;
R.S. 14:100 Hit & Run; and
17271 MCS 154-602 Driving against traffic.




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