Tense GoPro footage documents police horse in hot pursuit of criminal

The footage, taken from a GoPro affixed to NOPD Mounted Unit Officer Sgt. Daniel Scanlan, takes viewers down a busy Bourbon Street and other familiar landmarks but in an unfamiliar way.

The pursuit occurred about 10 p.m. Saturday. In the video, Scanlan can be heard warning crowds on Bourbon to get out of JJ’s way as they trot past tourists, neon signs and beer-hawkers in pursuit of a man suspected of illegally carrying a gun.

The chase later turns onto St. Peter Street, passing a Lucky Dog cart and a voodoo shop, and then onto Royal Street, before Scanlan and other officers capture 30-year-old Terrell Spears in the 600 block of Royal.

Spears was booked with possession of a firearm by a felon and flight from an officer.

Credit: New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation