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Dec 20, 2013 8:10 AM by AP

Officer caught speeding again on Causeway bridge

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans police officer has been suspended after fleeing from police on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.

Authorities say Sgt. Gary Calico, a 22-year veteran of the New Orleans force, refused to pull over for a Causeway police officer and led the officer on a high speed chase just after midnight Thursday. Calico lost his pursuer, and then refused to come out when officers arrived at Calico's Covington home.

Calico surrendered at the St. Tammany Parish jail Thursday night. His attorney, Raymond Burkart, says Calico should be presumed innocent.

It's the second time Calico has been caught speeding on the bridge. In 2007, he was arrested after a chase in which he was clocked going up to 112 mph.

Calico was fired in January 2008, but was later reinstated.

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