An off-duty New Orleans police officer was suspended without pay after he was arrested Monday in Gretna on suspicion of driving while impaired, authorities said.
An off-duty Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputy saw Lindy Collins, 27, driving erratically in his personal vehicle and hitting a curb, causing a tire to blow out, near Stumpf and Gretna boulevards about 5:30 p.m., New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman Remi Braden said.
The off-duty deputy got out of his personal vehicle and approached Collins, who appeared to be incoherent, Braden said.
That deputy and another off-duty New Orleans police officer stayed with Collins until Gretna police arrived.
Gretna Deputy Police Chief Anthony Christiana said Collins, who had to stop short to avoid an accident after he jumped the curb, submitted to a field sobriety test and urinalysis but further testing is required to determine whether he was impaired.
Collins was assigned to the NOPD’s 4th District, which encompasses Algiers.
He will remain suspended without pay pending the outcome of a Public Integrity Bureau investigation, Braden said.
Collins was booked with reckless operation of a vehicle and driving while intoxicated. He was released from jail Tuesday on $1,500 bail, according to Jefferson Parish court records.