Renzoll Marrero

Renzoll Marrero, via St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office

Heather Lyons

New Orleans police have arrested a man accused of drunkenly crashing a car into a pole in Chalmette on Saturday before fleeing from an ambulance taking him to a hospital.

The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office on Tuesday morning said it was seeking Renzall Marrero, 34, of the 3300 block of Moss Lane, on suspicion of drunk driving, obstruction of justice, possession of marijuana, driving without a license, failing to control a vehicle, lacking insurance and three counts of cruelty to a juvenile. New Orleans police had arrested Marrero by Tuesday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office said. 

The cruelty counts involve allegations that three children — ages 7, 5 and 2 — were accompanying him on the day of the crash.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Marrero wrecked his car into a pole on East St. Bernard Highway near Chalmette Avenue about 12:30 p.m. Saturday. First responders said Marrero had slurred speech, appeared disoriented, and at intervals couldn't respond to commands.

Paramedics then decided to take Marrero — who said he suffered from seizures — to a hospital in New Orleans.

On the way, he managed to get out of the rear of the ambulance and outrun a St. Bernard Parish deputy who was following the paramedic crew. The Sheriff's Office did not elaborate on exactly how Marrero is suspected of escaping the ambulance. 

Anyone with information about Marrero's whereabouts can call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

In other cases handled recently by local authorities:

• The St. Bernard Sheriff's Office on Tuesday announced the recent arrests of three men in separate cases involving the seizure of large amounts of meth and cocaine. A handgun and other drugs were also recovered.

Joseph Pravata, 38, was arrested in the 2800 block of Decomine Street in Chalmette on Nov. 6. Michael Trahan, 28, of Carroll Drive in Chalmette, was arrested Oct. 23. And Robert Paulhus Jr., 55, of the 2300 block of Pelitere Street in Chalmette, was arrested on Saturday.

Pravata's case involved the recovery of a handgun, the Sheriff's Office said. His $185,500 bond was the highest set in the three arrests announced Tuesday, but he posted it for his release on Nov. 9, the Sheriff's Office said.

• About 10:30 a.m. Monday in the 1600 block of Casa Calvo Street in Algiers, an unidentified female reported being raped by a person she knew, New Orleans police said.

• Jason Lewis, 53, is wanted on allegations that he stabbed his son during an argument in the 3100 block of Preston Place in Algiers on Monday, New Orleans police said.

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