NEW ORLEANS -- A NOPDofficer was placed on suspension by the department and is facing charges for aggravated assault, simple battery and hit and run, according to the New Orleans Police Department. She is accused of trying to run down a man with her vehicle.
Officer Stephanie Caldwell, a 10-year NOPDveteran, was placed on emergency suspension without pay following her arrest early Sunday. Caldwell was booked with aggravated assault, simple battery, reckless operation, hit and run and driving against traffic.
'Around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, Caldwell was involved in a verbal and physical altercation in the 1700 block of North Broad Street with a 47-year-old male victim. During the incident, Caldwell attempted to strike the victim with her vehicle. The victim fled on foot in a westbound direction on North Broad Street as Caldwell pursued in her vehicle, driving against traffic on North Broad and Onzaga Street before striking a parked car. Caldwell continued onto Roussellin Drive and struck a wooden post, cracking it in half and disabling her vehicle,' said a statement from the NOPD.
The male victim was not injured in the incident. Caldwell was tested for alcohol and drugs, received medical clearance and then arrested by officers with the NOPD Public Integrity Bureau and booked on the above charges.
Caldwell was placed on emergency suspension without pay pending the outcome of a PIB investigation. She was most recently assigned to the Special Operation Division Tactical Unit.