U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s son booked with DWI, hit-and-run

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s 21-year-old son spent two hours in jail Thursday morning, accused of driving the wrong way down Bourbon Street while drunk, striking a pedestrian with his car and continuing down the road.

Frank “Connor” Snellings’ blood-alcohol content registered at 0.211, nearly three times the legal limit, according to the New Orleans Police Department. He was arrested just before 3 a.m. Thursday morning.

“We love our son wholeheartedly, but we are extremely disappointed by his irresponsible actions last night,” Landrieu wrote in a prepared statement. “Those actions have serious consequences both at home and in our legal system.”

She declined to comment further and asked that the public “respect his privacy as we work through this challenging time as a family.”

Snellings was seen driving the wrong way down Bourbon Street when he hit a pedestrian with his car and kept going, the Police Department said. The pedestrian sustained minor injuries.

Officers eventually stopped Snellings at Bourbon and St. Louis. He failed a field sobriety test and blew a 0.211 on the breath test.

He was booked into the Orleans Parish Prison at 8 a.m. on charges of driving while intoxicated, hit and run, possession of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, failure to maintain proper control and violation of one-way traffic. He posted a $9,000 bond just before 10 a.m.

His unnamed passenger was also booked with having an open container in a vehicle and public intoxication.

Last July, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s son Benjamin, 19, was arrested after he allegedly crashed into three parked cars with a blood-alcohol content of 0.124. His trial is scheduled for July 25 in city traffic court.

The mayor and senator are siblings. Both are Democrats.

Snelling has not yet been scheduled to appear in court, and the paperwork on his arrest was not expected at the clerk’s office until Friday morning.

Staff writer Jordan Blum contributed to this report.