Landrieu's son arrested for driving drunk and hit and run
June 14th, 2013
11:50 AM ET
2 years ago

Landrieu's son arrested for driving drunk and hit and run

(CNN) – Sen. Mary Landrieu's 21-year-old son was arrested in New Orleans early Friday after police say he failed to stop his car after striking a pedestrian, and subsequently failed a field sobriety test.

Conner Snellings was booked on charges of driving while intoxicated, hit and run, driving the wrong way on a one way street, failing to maintain control of a vehicle, and possession of alcohol in a vehicle, the New Orleans Police Department said.

The incident occurred on New Orleans' famed Bourbon Street in the city's French Quarter. The pedestrian sustained only minor injuries.

Police said Snellings' breathalyzer test registered a .211 blood alcohol level, nearly three times the legal limit. He was released Friday morning on $9,000 bail.

Landrieu, a third-term Democrat, said in a statement, "We love our son whole heartedly, but we are extremely disappointed by his irresponsible actions last night."

"Those actions have serious consequences both at home and in our legal system. We ask that the public respect his privacy as we work through this challenging time as a family," she wrote.

Landrieu's brother Mitch currently serves as mayor of New Orleans, a position held by her father in the 1970s.

CNN's Mayra Cuevas and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: Louisiana • Mary Landrieu
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Those actions have serious consequences both at home and in our legal system.
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    I like the way she poited out that there will be consequences at home as well.
    In my home the saying used to be "You better hope the cops find you first".

    June 14, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Steveo

    Anybody remember when Sen Flake had to apologize for something his teenage son say. I read how the son "learned it at home". I read how "the apple doesn't fall to far from the tree"

    So does that mean Landrieus's learned this behavior home because as some you put it "the apple does not fall far from the tree"

    OR does Landrieu gets a pass becuase she is a "D" and Flake is an "R"?

    Yeah I know this dude is 21 and legally an adult but how old is Flake's kid? Regardless, fair is fair, right?

    June 14, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Wow... he blew a .211 – dude was pickled. So any run-of-the-mill schmuck would be doing jail time on these charges. Anyone care to bet that a politician's son gets probation and community service? Anyone??

    June 14, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Malory Archer

    Is DUI even a crime in Louisiana? There's drive-thru Daquiri bars all over New Orleans!

    June 14, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Landrieu's brother Mitch currently serves as mayor of New Orleans
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    I hope the young man doesn't get any preferential treatment. He should face the consequences like any normal citizen.

    June 14, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Fai is Fair
    I have one name for you: Laura Bush.

    June 14, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Anyone care to bet that a politician's son gets probation and community service? Anyone??
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    I'm not sure what Louisiana's laws are against DUI, but usually your first offense you get a huge fine, have to attend some alcohol class and community service. Now as far as a hit & run goes, that's a whole other story.

    June 14, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Malory Archer
    Is DUI even a crime in Louisiana? There's drive-thru Daquiri bars all over New Orleans!
    -------------------------------------------–
    I know right. lol. The true definition of oxymoron.

    June 14, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Malory Archer

    Is DUI even a crime in Louisiana?
    -------------------------------------------------
    Don't know, but there is that whole hitting a pedestrian thing for him to contend with if it isn't Malory.

    June 14, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Apparently, CNN considers this act of 21-year-old stupidity a bigger deal than Frank's (R-AZ) son spewing the n-bomb, antisemetic vitriol and other racist/bigoted and violent filth all over the twitterverse. This gets an article, but that doesn't. Interesting priorities, CNN.

    June 14, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Why is this news??? Just put him in jail–then produce to court. He he no king.

    June 14, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Wow... he blew a .211 – dude was pickled. So any run-of-the-mill schmuck would be doing jail time on these charges. "

    First, yeah, that's probably something along the lines of 15 or so beers within 3 hours. Second, the jail time comment is simply not true unless you're talking about someone whose already blown their "first chance." Most of the time, they end up paying a huge fine, get put on probation, ordered to do counseling and community services, etc., if it's a first offense. In MA, it's frequently Continued without a Finding...they admit all facts necessary for conviction and it gets tabled so long as they obey their probation...and if they don't, it's like an auto-conviction because of the admissions.

    June 14, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sniffit
    I thought it was Flake's son?

    June 14, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    Let's see. New Orleans, Bourbon Street, pedestrians and a drunk.
    What could possibly go wrong?

    June 14, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "I thought it was Flake's son?"

    Maybe...I could've confused it with Frank cuz he made the spotlight for that nonsense he blathered about rape pregnancies this week.

    June 14, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Tony in Maine

    I don't see a whole lot of sympathy here for the victim – just a lot of hyper-partisan bullcaca from wingnuts at both ends of the spectrum. No wonder this country is stuck in gridlock.

    June 14, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    Steveo

    Anybody remember when Sen Flake had to apologize for something his teenage son say. I read how the son "learned it at home". I read how "the apple doesn't fall to far from the tree"

    So does that mean Landrieus's learned this behavior home because as some you put it "the apple does not fall far from the tree"

    OR does Landrieu gets a pass becuase she is a "D" and Flake is an "R"?

    Yeah I know this dude is 21 and legally an adult but how old is Flake's kid? Regardless, fair is fair, right?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except unlike after flake's kid made his hateful comments, nobody's apologizing or attempting to make excuses for Senator Landrieu's kid's stupidity. You guys are just full of false equivalencies today!

    June 14, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. California Gary

    Like GWB said......when you are young and foolish, you do young and foolish things. Take heart young man.......you too could become president.

    June 14, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Malory Archer

    Is DUI even a crime in Louisiana?
    -----------------
    Don't know, but there is that whole hitting a pedestrian thing for him to contend with if it isn't Malory.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Oh yeah, there is that! I hope the pedestrian is okay.

    June 14, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. just sayin

    but he's merely a 21 year child! not even out of his parent's basement and the free healthcare they pay for. surely a child of this tender age cannot be held to account for his deeds. slap him on the wrist and set him free. if you don't then you are just mean and hate children.

    June 14, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. Ed1

    Could it be the apple doesn't fall far from the tree?

    If you wanted privacy you should have thought about that before you got into politics.

    June 14, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    Sniffit

    "Wow... he blew a .211 – dude was pickled. So any run-of-the-mill schmuck would be doing jail time on these charges. "

    First, yeah, that's probably something along the lines of 15 or so beers within 3 hours. Second, the jail time comment is simply not true unless you're talking about someone whose already blown their "first chance." Most of the time, they end up paying a huge fine, get put on probation, ordered to do counseling and community services, etc., if it's a first offense. In MA, it's frequently Continued without a Finding...they admit all facts necessary for conviction and it gets tabled so long as they obey their probation...and if they don't, it's like an auto-conviction because of the admissions.
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    Well, yeah, Sniffit... if it was just DUI. There's the hit-and-run that should get him some time, no?

    June 14, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Steveo

    @Dominican mama 4 Obama
    Fai is Fair
    I have one name for you: Laura Bush.
    --------
    I have a name for you...Kennedy, pick one!

    June 14, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You guys are just full of false equivalencies today!
    -------------------------------------------------
    Yes Malory and unfortutanely not just today, it is the only way the the "usual suspects" can compose an argument or a response.

    June 14, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Michael Benjamin

    Any chance he's driven drunk before and just not got caught?

    June 14, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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