NOPD Officer in Grave Condition After Being Hit by Suspected Drunk Driver

Officer Natasha Hunter; Photo: via nola.com

Officer Natasha Hunter; Photo: via nola.com

A New Orleans police officer is in grave condition and suffering from a massive brain injury following a vehicle accident early Sunday morning.

Officer Natasha Hunter, 31, was seated in her car and parked along the shoulder of eastbound I-10, assisting another officer in the investigation of a multi-vehicle accident, when she was struck by a passing vehicle. 

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said of the incident, "We would ask the entire community to pray for our officer...she belongs to the entire community."

Officer Hunter is a 12 year veteran of the force and has a 5-year old child.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Officer Hunter was taken into custody.

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