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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

NOPD Officer Placed on Emergency Suspension without Pay

March 21, 2014

A New Orleans Police officer turned himself in to Public Integrity Bureau (PIB) detectives this morning after allegedly refusing to wait for a Louisiana Department of Public Safety Police (DPS) officer to issue him traffic citations, and instead, grabbed back his driver’s documentation from the officer and fled the scene in his personal vehicle. 

PIB investigators say the DPS officer pulled over Sergeant Charles Miller last night at around 8pm after noticing Miller was speeding on US 90-B westbound near Claiborne Avenue.  She also noticed the truck he was driving didn’t have a license plate.  Miller took the St. Charles Avenue exit, and pulled over for the officer at Calliope Street and St. Charles.  He allegedly turned over his driver’s license and registration to her, but minutes later, aggressively took back his documents from the officer, and in the process, allegedly injured her wrist. 

Detectives say Miller then sped off in his truck and led the officer on a high speed chase.  During the chase, the officer said Miller disregarded a stop sign, drove through a red light, drove at speeds near 90 miles per hour and committed other traffic violations.  She stopped pursuing Miller because she quickly determined the chase was a serious threat to the public’s safety.

When Miller turned himself in today at the Public Integrity Bureau, he was booked with Speeding, No License Plate, Expired Driver’s License, Battery on an Officer, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Disregarding a Stop Sign, Disregarding a Red Light and Reckless Operation of a Vehicle.  He was subsequently placed on Emergency Suspension without Pay from the department pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Miller was most recently assigned to the Central Evidence and Property Division.  He is a 26 year veteran of the NOPD.

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Contact:  Remi Braden

rabraden@nola.gov       

 
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Last updated: 12/15/2014 2:17:52 PM

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