Update, 2:39 p.m.
An off-duty NOPD officer’s SUV overturned on a street in Metairie and struck a pole around 12:35 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, and he has been taken to University Medical Center in uncertain condition.
Jefferson Parish Col. John Fortunato said that the single-vehicle crash involving Sgt. Mike Marziale, 62, occurred in the 2800 block of Richland Avenue. According to witnesses, Fortunato said, Marziale was behind the wheel of a white four-door Kia SUV traveling southbound toward Interstate 10 when it suddenly veered off the road and struck a pole.
When first responders arrived, said Joseph Greco, director of the Jefferson Parish East Bank Consolidated Fire Department, Marziale was unconscious and had to be extricated from the flipped-over vehicle. First responders then performed CPR on him.
“They did get a pulse back, and they loaded him up and shipped him to University,” said Greco.
Greco said that he believed Marziale, a 43-year veteran of the force, had a “medical issue” that caused the crash. New Orleans Police Department spokesman Tyler Gamble said no update on his condition was immediately available.
Update, 1:58 p.m.
Jefferson Parish Col. John Fortunato said the NOPD officer was involved in a single-vehicle crash around 12:35 p.m. in the 2800 block of Richland Avenue in Metairie.
Officers responding found a white, four-door Kia SUV overtuned alongside Richland Avenue. The driver is NOPD Sgt. Mike Marzile, who was found semi-conscious sitting behind the wheel.
According to witnesses, the SUV was traveling southbound on when it appeared like he vehicle suddenly went off the road and struck a pole.
A New Orleans police officer was injured in a crash in Jefferson Parish and was rushed to University Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon, according to WDSU-TV.
The report said at least 15 NOPD vehicles escorted an ambulance to the hospital.
More details to come.