Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Accident leads to drug arrest

A vehicular accident at the intersection of Weston Street and Shreveport Road was the beginning of the end of freedom for a while for a Jamestown mom.

Janie Marie Buck, 26 of the 200 block of Madden Mill Creek, Jamestown, has been arrested on multiple charges including possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance Sch. IV (Klonopin) and cited for expired driver's license, following too closely, no child restraint, careless operation and possession of a CDS in the presence of a minor.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Officers First Class Chris McClaran and Justin Kemp were dispatched to the accident.

"They made contact with both drivers and when they began their investigation, they found Buck had a two-year-old child in the front seat of her vehicle," Cropper said. "Ofc. McClaran noticed she did not have a child safety seat. During the crash, the actual impact of the collision caused a drink the child was holding to be thrown out of the vehicle onto the roadway."

A background check of Buck showed a lengthy criminal history.

"Her driver's license was expired and she appeared to be very nervous," said the chief. "McClaran indicated her pupils were extremely small, and she didn't walk real steady."

The officer reportedly performed a horizontal gaze nystagmus test and observed nystagmus (involuntary eye movement) in both eyes, according to the chief.

"He asked for verbal consent to search her vehicle for anything illegal, and Buck gave permission but immediately asked if she could remove her child from the car before they searched the vehicle," Cropper said. "McClaran indicated she could, but as she was removing the child, she reached in her purse and pulled out a pill bottle and tried to hide it in the child's diaper."

Ofc. Kemp reportedly observed Buck's attempt and recovered the pill bottle which contained 34 Xanax pills and nine Klonopin pills.

"Buck had a prescription for the Xanax but not for the Klonopin," Cropper said.

Buck was booked at the Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

Cropper said the child was released into a grandparent's custody.






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