Son of Sen. Landrieu Charged With Drunk Driving and Hit and Run

Driving on wrong side of a street


(Reuters)—The 21-year-old son of U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu was arrested and charged on Thursday with drunken driving and hit and run after he allegedly struck a pedestrian while driving the wrong way down Bourbon Street in New Orleans, police said.

Connor Snellings was taken into custody at about 3 a.m. local time at the corner of Bourbon and St. Louis streets after he failed a field sobriety test, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

Police said in a statement that a breathalyzer given to Snellings showed his blood alcohol content was 0.211, more than twice the legal limit in Louisiana.

"We love our son wholeheartedly, but we are extremely disappointed by his irresponsible actions last night," Landrieu, a Democrat, said Thursday in a phone interview with the Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans. "These actions have serious consequences both at home and in our legal system."