A total of 28 people were injured, 21 of whom were taken to local hospitals, including one police officer. Online court records show no previous felony arrests in Orleans Parish.
The NOPD has identified the suspect in the crash that injured 28, 21 of whom were sent to the hospital, along the Endymion route Saturday night. But on Sunday, he was only booked on charges related to two of those victims - Michelle Woodfork, a New Orleans police lieutenant who is in stable condition, and 22-year-old Shaunice Williams, who remains in critical condition with a lacerated liver.
The accident came during one of the busiest nights of Mardi Gras when thousands of people throng the streets of Mid-City to watch the elaborate floats and clamor to catch beads and trinkets tossed from riders. There were no fatalities.
Offered NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison: 'There was no evidence to suggest that the incident was an act of terrorism, we suspect that that subject was highly intoxicated'.
The victims range in age from as young as 3 or 4-years-old to adults in their 30s and 40s, said Elder.
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NOPD said Rizzuoto's blood-alcohol level was.232 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, when he crashed his truck into the crowd, injuring 28 people and sending 21 of them to the hospital. While he didn't say "No" he said it looks like a case of DWI. Blackburn said if Rizzuto makes bail there are conditions on his release, including house arrest with an ankle monitor, no driving, and proof that his home is drug- and alcohol-free.
Rizzuto is being held on $125,000 bond in a New Orleans jail, The Advocate reported (http://bit.ly/2mtjUnG).
Rizzuto's father told WWL-TV (http://bit.ly/2lZWmcs) that he was still trying to understand what happened and that his son is a "good kid". Harrison said the officer, who was on duty, was undergoing tests to determine the extent of her injuries.
Injuries ran the gamut from minor bruises to serious head trauma, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services Director Dr. Jeffrey Elder told The Times-Picayune.