According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, alcohol is being ruled out as a factor in last Friday's SUV accident in New Orleans involving Giants' safety Chad Jones.
"...New Orleans Police spokeswoman Shereese Harper said the officers who responded to the scene at just past 6 a.m. Friday on Carrolton Avenue in Mid-City interviewed Jones and the two passengers with him before he was transported to LSU Public Hospital.
“The officers on the scene had no reason to believe alcohol was involved,” Harper said.
Harper also said Jones’ blood-alcohol content was never tested. Earlier reports of toxicology tests were inaccurate. Toxicology levels are measured only on the deceased.
“We have two tests we use when the driver is alive: The Intoxilyzer 5000 and a blood test,” Harper said. “Obviously, we couldn’t administer the breathalyzer, because the driver needed to go to the hospital. And when the officers got to the hospital to request a blood test, he was already in surgery and by then it was too late.....”
The Giants are reporting that Jones will be transported to New York today to continue his treatment and recovery.....
Chad Jones today is being transferred to New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center from the LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans.
The team has arranged for MedJet Assist of Birmingham, Alabama to transport Jones from Louisiana to New York.
Jones, who will be accompanied on the flight by his girlfriend Jade Newman, is being transferred to New York for plastic surgery and possibly additional orthopedic procedures.
"Chad has received outstanding medical care from the doctors and nurses in New Orleans since his accident. They've shown great compassion," said Giants vice president of medical services Ronnie Barnes. "After consulting with our doctors, Chad's doctors at LSU and his family felt like this move to New York was the next logical step in his care and recovery."
The Giants also lauded the efforts of Charles Way, the former fullback who is now the team's Director of Player Development.
"Charles Way has been a great resource for all of us -- Chad, his family and our organization -- since he arrived in New Orleans," said Barnes.
The NFL has also taken a special interest in Jones' case.....
"Commissioner (Roger) Goodell called Chad and his family in the hospital on Sunday evening and offered to provide hotel accommodations while Chad is being observed and treated in New York. Everybody has been very supportive."