Crime

New Orleans officer arrested after drunken high-speed chase

Associated Press

Carlos Peralta
Carlos Peralta The Advocate via WWL-TV

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.

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.

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