NEW ORLEANS - Gary Landrieu, runner-up in last week's election for a U.S. Congressional seat, was arrested Monday and booked into Orleans Parish jail on an aggravated battery charge.
Landrieu, 54, of New Orleans, allegedly struck a 32-year-old woman, grabbed her by her hair and drove off, dragging the woman several feet, according to the New Orleans Police Department. The incident occurred Friday night in the French Quarter, near the intersection of Barracks and Decatur streets, police said.
Landrieu is the cousin of Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the son of former Orleans Parish School Board member Phyllis Landrieu. He is the president of Landrieu Construction.
An NOPD news release stated that Landrieu sat inside his vehicle Friday night while arguing with the woman, who stood outside the car. At one point, Landrieu allegedly grabbed her by the jaw, though she broke free of his grasp, police said. Then he allegedly grabbed her by her ponytail and began driving.
Police said the woman was dating Landrieu. She refused medical treatment. An arrest warrant for Landrieu was signed sometime later. He turned himself in about 9 a.m. Monday at the NOPD's Seventh District Police Station in eastern New Orleans.
Landrieu ran second in last week's District 2 congressional election, garnering 25 percent of the vote, to incumbent Cedric Richmond's 55 percent.
Landrieu also ran earlier this year for an at-large post on the New Orleans City Council, in the race eventually won by Stacy Head.