Police arrest woman after crash; unrestrained toddler, heroin in diaper bag

Leslie Estes (Source: EBRSO)
Leslie Estes (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A 25-year-old woman was arrested after she crashed her vehicle into the back of an 18-wheeler. When police arrived on scene, they observed her 11-month-old child unrestrained in the vehicle, as well as drug paraphernalia common for heroin use.

Officials with the Baton Rouge Police Department report that the crash happened shortly after 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26. We're told the suspect, Leslie Estes, 25, crashed her vehicle in the 900 block of West I-12. The 18-wheeler was stopped when the crash occurred.

"It was determined that the child was also unrestrained in the vehicle," Cpl. Don Coppola, BRPD, explained. "There were no injuries to Estes or her child."

When officers arrived on scene, however, they observed some items in the vehicle that prompted the search of her car.

"Uniform Patrol Officers observed Estes to be in possession of clear cellophane bags containing suspected Heroin and MDMA," Cpl. Don Coppola, BRPD, said. "Estes also was found to have a glass vial of suspected Naloxone, Heroin and paraphernalia, which included burnt spoons, cut straws and hypodermic needles, which were located in her 11 months old child's diaper bag."

Estes was arrested and charged with careless operation, child restraint required, driving under suspension, possession of sch. I CDS (Heroin), possession on sch. I CDS (MDMA), illegal use of CDS in the presence of persons under 17 years of age, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of legend drug (Naloxone) and seat belt violation.

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