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Sep 2, 2013 3:59 AM by AP/CS

NOPD suspends officer after off-duty DWI arrest

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans police officer has been suspended without pay after being booked with drunk driving while off duty, the department said Sunday.

Officer Jayson Germann of the Gang Intelligence Unit was driving his take-home car when an accident occurred shortly after 2:30 a.m. Sunday, New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman Remi Braden said.

He's on suspension without pay while the department's Public Integrity Bureau investigates the matter, she said in a news release.

Germann, 38, of Bush, apparently lost control of the unmarked 2002 Chevrolet Impala, hit a guardrail on the Interstate 10 twin span, swerved back and hit a 1999 Geo, State Trooper Nick Manale said in an email.

He said Germann was booked with careless driving, and he and 53-year-old Frank Hyde of Slidell both were booked with first-offense DWI.

Both wore seat belts and neither was injured, said Manale.

Hyde remained jailed Sunday afternoon, but Germann was released on $1,500 bond, said Detective Daniel Suezeneau, spokesman for Slidell police.

A phone listed as Germann's was not answered Sunday. It was not clear whether either driver has an attorney.

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