Son of Nation of Islam Leader Arrested

Associated Press/May 12, 2003

Valparaiso, Ind. -- The 44-year-old son of Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan was arrested by Indiana State Police following a hit-and-run accident.

Nasir H. Farrakhan, of Chicago, posted bail from Porter County Jail on Sunday. He had been held on probable cause for charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of personal injury accident and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Farrakhan was driving east on the Indiana Toll Road in LaPorte County on Saturday when his 1997 Hummer struck the rear of a car driven by 73-year-old Charles Peterson of Gary, state police said. Peterson's wife, passenger Glady Peterson, was treated at Porter Memorial Hospital for neck and back pain and released.

Farrakhan did not stop following the collision and exited the Toll Road, state police said. He was stopped by LaPorte County police.

The Petersons' car sustained about $5,000 worth of damage, but Farrakhan's vehicle did not sustain any noticeable damage, police said.

Nasir Farrakhan's full name is Joshua Nasir Hussain Farrakhan. He is one of the nine children of Louis Farrakhan.

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