DWI suspect driving 100 mph arrested

A Ruston woman was arrested Tuesday morning after she was stopped by a state trooper for traveling over 100 miles an hour.

A Louisiana State Police trooper traveling north on U.S. 167 near Vienna clocked a southbound vehicle on radar at 100 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone. The vehicle was stopped near Vienna and the driver, Evelyn S. Hall, 31, of Ruston, said she was rushing to the hospital to meet with her mother.

The trooper observed indications of impairment including bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, unsteadiness and a strong order of alcoholic beverages. Hall said she had consumed a lot of shots of whiskey and tequila during the night.

Hall reportedly performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was arrested. At the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, Hall became argumentative and began cursing. She refused to submit to a breath test despite warnings that a search warrant would be obtained for a blood sample.

A Third District Court judge issued a search warrant and Hall was told she must submit a breath or a blood sample. Hall submitted to a breath test which indicated a blood alcohol concentration of 0.182g%.

During booking procedures, Hall was asked if she had anything illegal on her. She reached in her back pocket but then said the marijuana she had there was now gone. A marijuana cigarette was later found in one of her shoes. Hall was booked for speeding, DWI first offense, possession of marijuana, and introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

Bail was set at $5,000.

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