An off-duty New Orleans police officer is accused of leading an alcohol-fueled high-speed chase.
News agencies report the car rolled over spike strips on Interstate 10 in New Orleans, then hit a curb and caught fire late Saturday. Police there said 53-year-old Carlos Peralta was injured. A 15-year-old relative with him apparently escaped unharmed.
New Orleans police say Peralta was suspended.
His attorney, Eric Hessler, told The New Orleans Advocate Monday he has no comment.
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Peralta remained jailed with bail set at $31,500. Charges include drunken and reckless driving.
Police in suburban Kenner say the 18-mile chase at speeds of up to 110 mph began in a pharmacy parking lot, where officers were called because a customer became disruptive when a clerk refused to sell him alcohol.