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The New Orleans police department has completed its investigation into the Chad Jones automobile accident and no additional charges are expected for the New York Giants rookie safety, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.
The police report confirms what NOPD spokeswoman Shereese Harper said earlier this week -- that alcohol did not play a factor in the June 25 accident that resulted in Jones having seven-plus hours of extensive surgery on his left leg.
Jones was transferred to New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center on Tuesday by the Giants to undergo plastic surgery on his left leg. Jones, who may require additional orthopedic procedures, underwent surgery in New Orleans to repair fractures in his left leg and ankle, as well as restore blood flow to his left foot.
Jones was cited with careless operation of a vehicle after he lost control of his Range Rover and ran into a street pole. New Orleans police did not administer a Breathalyzer test because Jones had to be rushed to the hospital, and a blood sample could not be taken because the rookie was in surgery for most of the day.
New Orleans police said in the report that there was no smell or odor of alcohol in the vehicle or on Jones' two friends who were in the car. A DUI test was not required "due to a lack of sufficient evidence of possible intoxication by way of alcohol or drugs."
An investigator interviewed Jones a day after surgery and the rookie said he had not been drinking or taking any prescription or non-prescription drugs.
Jones was heavily sedated during the interview, according to the report, and his recollection of the accident "was uncertain."
He remembered leaving an unknown apartment complex at an unknown time and recalled driving on the street where the accident occurred, but he didn't remember the crash or the cause.
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