New Orleans police officer accused of DWI

A New Orleans police officer was placed on emergency suspension without pay Sunday after he was booked on charges of driving while intoxicated during an early morning car accident, according to New Orleans police spokeswoman Remi Braden.

Jayson Germann, 38, was driving his department-issued 2002 Chevrolet Impala at 2:30 a.m. on the Interstate 10 twin span when he slammed into the left guardrail, said Louisiana State Police spokesman Nick Manale.

Manale said Germann, who lives in Bush, veered into the right lane and collided with a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Frank Hyde of Slidell. Both parties were wearing their seat belts and were uninjured.

According to Manale, both drivers agreed to take a breathalyzer test, which showed their blood alcohol content was over the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle in the state. A breathalyzer reading of 0.08 percent is considered presumptive evidence of drunken driving.

Germann was arrested and transported to jail in Slidell, where he was booked with DWI and reckless operation. Hyde was booked with DWI.

Germann, who is currently assigned to an NOPD gang intelligence unit, will remain on emergency suspension without pay until the department’s public integrity bureau conducts an investigation in his case.

The car accident is being investigated by State Police Troop L.