UPDATE: SUBJECT IN NOPD CUSTODY.
The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for a Violet man who fled from an ambulance as he was being transported to the hospital for health issues after being investigated for driving while intoxicated, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Renzoll Marrero, 34, of the 3300 block of Moss Lane, crashed his vehicle into a pole on Nov. 11 shortly after 12:30 p.m. while traveling in the eastbound lanes of St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette, near Chalmette Avenue.
Marrero, who was traveling at the time of the crash with three small children, ages 7, 5 and 2, is wanted for DWI, obstruction of justice, possession of marijuana, driving without a license, failure to control a vehicle, no insurance and three counts of cruelty to a juvenile.
Sheriff Pohlmann said the three children in the vehicle were not injured in the incident and were released to the custody of their mother.
When deputies arrived on the scene of the crash, Marrero’s speech was slurred, he was disoriented, and at times not able to respond to commands. Emergency medical personnel was called to the scene to render aid to Marrero who stated to deputies he suffers from seizures.
While en route to a New Orleans hospital, Marrero escaped from the rear of the ambulance and fled on foot. A St. Bernard Parish deputy who was following the ambulance pursued Marrero on foot but to no avail.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be brought against Marrero in this case.
Anyone with information regarding Marrero’s whereabouts is asked to call the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501 or Crimestoppers GNO at (504) 822-1111. Tipsters who call Crimestoppers can remain anonymous, do not have to testify and could be eligible for a cash reward.