DWI suspected in crash that hurt 28 at New Orleans parade

Dozens injured as car ploughs into New Orleans parade crowd

A lawsuit filed in Civil District Court in August suggests the 25-year-old, who calls himself "Pasta" on Facebook, had enrolled in some classes at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

On the parade route on Saturday, a driver crashed into a crowd, hitting 21 people. He's being held at the city's jail on charges of first-degree negligent vehicular injuring, hit-and-run driving causing serious injury and reckless operation of a vehicle.

A "highly intoxicated" driver plowed into a crowd of parade-watchers in New Orleans on Saturday night, leaving 28 people injured, police said. Sunday, two of those victims remain in the hospital, one in critical condition with a lacerated liver.

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The accident came during one of the busiest nights of Mardi Gras when thousands of people throng the streets of Mid-City to watch elaborate floats and clamor to catch beads and trinkets tossed from riders. There were no fatalities.

Police Chief Michael Harrison says one person in custody and that he is being investigated for driving while intoxicated. The ages of those injured ranged from a child between 3 and 4 years old who is "very stable" to people in their 30s and 40s, Elder added'.

'According to the New Orleans Police Department, Rizzuto had a blood alcohol level of.232 - almost three times the legal limit. Harrison was asked twice by the media if terrorism was suspected. It was just a few feet from where she stood when it struck a teen or man who looked "young, college-aged", she said. Commissioner Robert Blackburn said if Rizzuto makes bond he would be placed under house arrest, forced to wear an ankle monitor and would be prohibited from driving.

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Neilson Rizzuto's bond was set at $125,000, according to a report from WWL-TV.

Rizzuto lives in Paradis, La.in St. Charles Parish.

Police have said it's too soon to tell if the incident, which generated global headlines and cast a black shadow over what was otherwise a festive Carnival day, will bring about new safety rules in the city.

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"I think this is what powered the whole event", she said.

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