Police officer runs over sunbather in Grand Isle

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – A sunbather in Grand Isle was run over Thursday by a police officer on beach patrol, according to Trooper First Class Jesse LaGrange, LSP Troop C.

Authorities say the officer was patrolling in his four-wheel drive Ford F250 police unit about 3:10 p.m.

He told state police officers that he didn’t see anyone sunbathing on the beach.

During his initial northbound patrol along the beach, the beach was completely empty, according to the officer. When he turned back to complete his patrol he was trying to look for where he initially crossed the dunes. As he was looking for the cross area he did not notice the two women on the beach near Cranberry Lane.

One woman was able to move out of the way as the truck approached, but the other woman was run over by the police unit.

The 23-year-old woman was flown to University Medical Center in New Orleans, where she is now being treated. She is in “moderate” condition with only moderate injuries, none life threatening. The woman is awake and talking, according to LaGrange.

This is no more information about the victim at this point, LaGrange says.

The investigation is ongoing.