A suspect is in custody following the incident where 28 people were injured Saturday when a car plowed into a crowd watching the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans, police stated.
Police Chief Michael Harrison informed that the suspect is being investigated for driving under influence of alcohol. Harrison was asked if terrorism was suspected. While he didn’t rejected the notion, he did say it seems like a case of DWI.
“We suspect that that subject was highly intoxicated,” he added.
Twenty-one people were taken to hospital after the crash with five victims in guarded condition. Seven others refused to be hospitalized, city Emergency Services Director, Dr. Jeff Selder stated.
The victims are aged as young as 3 or 4-years-old to adults in their 30s and 40s.
One of the injured was one New Orleans police officer. Harrison said the officer, who was on duty, was undergoing tests to figure out the extent of her injuries. She was in “good spirits,” he stated.