NEW ORLEANS -- Mayor Mitch Landrieu's son, Benjamin, had his driving while intoxicated charge dismissed in November, according to a clerk at Orleans Parish Traffic Court.
On Nov. 7, instead of DWI, he pleaded guilty to reckless operation of a motor vehicle and paid court costs of $334.50, according to the court.
In the early morning hours on July, 17, 2012, Benjamin Landrieu, who was 19 at the time, was arrested and later booked with DWI following an incident near the intersection of Zimpel and Broadway streets, where several parked vehicles were hit. He was also booked with reckless operation of a vehicle and driving on a roadway laned for traffic at the time.
“From the beginning, we recognized this matter as private for the Landrieu family. The City recused itself from this case and turned the matter over the District Attorney’s Office immediately,” said Garnesha Crawford, a spokesperson for the Mayor's Office.
The Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office took the case because the City Attorney's Office which normally prosecutes DWI case recused itself.
According to Christoper Bowman, a spokesman for the DA's office, Ben Landrieu fulfilled all of his obligations in a first offender diversion program. They included making restitution for the vehicles he hit and working a certain amount of community service hours.
"Mayor Landrieu's son doesn't deserve special treatment because he's the mayor's son. He also doesn't deserve harsher treatment because he's the mayor's son. He was treated like everyone else in his position."