Toxicology report in for driver booked in wreck that killed NOPD officer


THE Advocate

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NOPD officer Natasha Hunter
Photo courtesy of The Advocate/WWL-TV NOPD officer Natasha Hunter

The driver who crashed into a parked New Orleans police car last week, striking and killing Officer Natasha Hunter, had a blood-alcohol content that was twice the legal limit, authorities said Wednesday.

Toxicology results showed the driver, Chau Thai Nguyen, 33, had a blood-alcohol content of .16 percent after a night of drinking at Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, according to newly filed court documents. The crash happened June 5 at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Esplanade Avenue.

Nguyen, who admitted drinking several alcoholic beverages at the casino, has been booked with vehicular homicide and reckless operation in Hunter’s death. He remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

New Orleans police recently obtained a search warrant for “any and all video surveillance footage” of Nguyen inside the casino and driving away from the building. In their application for the warrant, police said Nguyen also had “visited another establishment (the night of the crash) and consumed several more alcoholic beverages.”

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