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NOPD Arrests Suspect in Alcohol-Related Vehicle Crash with Injury

by Aaron E. Looney

October 17, 2017

Categories: On Duty

Topics: DWI, Fifth District

NOPD Arrests Suspect in Alcohol-Related Vehicle Crash with Injury

The NOPD arrested Christopher Lang (DOB: 09-01-1968) after he reportedly crashed his vehicle into another in the 1400 block of Clouet Street while intoxicated, injuring one victim in an incident that occurred on October 14, 2017.

Upon investigation, officers learned that at about 11:20 p.m., Lang was reportedly driving his 1998 Ford Ranger truck northbound in the area. Lang told police that his tire then struck a pothole, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and to strike a 2006 Jeep Liberty parked nearby along the street.

The driver of the Jeep Liberty told police she had just parked and was exiting the vehicle when her vehicle was struck by Lang’s vehicle, causing her to fall to the ground. She said that when she stood up, she saw that one of the two passengers in her vehicle had been struck by the oncoming vehicle as she exited, suffering multiple injuries. A second passenger in the victim’s vehicle was not injured in the collision. Neither Lang nor the driver of the Jeep Liberty reported suffering injury in the collision.

Upon interview, officers detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Lang. At that time, Lang was detained on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Lang was transported to the NOPD’s DWI testing facility, where testing results showed his estimated blood alcohol level to be .090, which is above the legal limit for driving. Lang was then treated and released from an area hospital.

Upon release from the hospital, Lang was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center for driving while intoxicated, careless operation of a vehicle and vehicular negligent injury. A booking photo of Lang was not available.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact Fifth District detectives at 504-658-6050. Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.