Bus driver arrested in Zachary for DWI

Bus driver arrested in Zachary for DWI

ZACHARY, LA (WAFB) - A woman was arrested by Zachary Police for allegedly driving a school bus while intoxicated Friday morning.

Zachary Police received a call around 7 a.m. Friday from a motorist that a school bus was driving erratically around Church Street (LA-64) and Old Scenic Hwy (LA-964). According to police, the motorist said they saw the bus cross over the double yellow line several times while traveling south on Old Scenic Hwy and drift onto the center median while turning left onto Church Street.

Officers responded and stopped the bus on Church Street near Zachary High. They reported that the driver, 52-year-old Darlene Crain, had slurred speech and was swaying. Police say she performed poorly in a field sobriety test that was conducted.

Crain was arrested and taken to the Zachary Police Department, where a chemical test was taken and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. She later admitted to police that she took Percocet, Xanax and two Ativan between midnight and 3 a.m. Friday.

According to Zachary Community School Board officials, there were 12 Zachary High School students ranging in age from 14 to 18 years old on the bus that Crain was driving.

"This is very rare. We meet with the bus company, First Student, every year before school starts. Let them know we give little talks about speeding and driving for the safety of the kids," said Zachary Police Chief David McDavid.

Crain was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of first offense DWI, improper lane usage and 12 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Her bond was set at $7,200.

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