NEW ORLEANS -- The NOPD sergeant who was wanted for driving his vehicle in a careless manner across the Causeway bridge Wednesday night has surrendered to authorities, according to the bridge's general manager, Carlton Dufrechou.
Sgt. Gary Calico, a 22-year veteran of the NOPD, turned himself into Causeway Police and St. Tammany Parish Office Thursday evening, Durfrechou said.
Calico, who was assigned to the 6th District Narcotics Task Force, was placed on emergency suspension without pay from the NOPD after turning himself into the St. Tammany Parish Jail at about 7:30 p.m., according to the NOPD. A warrant for Calico's arrest was obtained for reckless operation, aggravated flight from an officer, improper lane usage, two counts of speeding and disregarding a red light.
Records show that Calico was arrested in a chase on the Causeway in 2007.
According to Dufrechou, Causeway police caught up to the vehicle near the Northshore approach and that's when Dufrechou contends that Calico's vehicle pulled away at speeds that exceeded 80 miles per hour.
Dufrechou said Calico came close to crashing into a Causeway patrolman and a state police trooper during the encounter.
Police found the car in question in front of a house in a gated community in Covington.
When police went to the residence where the vehicle was parked, they said they knocked on the door and the man's son answered saying that his father wasn't home.
Dufrechou said Calico faces charges of reckless operation of a vehicle among other charges.