Call of impaired driver leads to drug arrests

A call about a suspected intoxicated driver Saturday afternoon led to two arrests after Lincoln Parish deputies stopped the car and found drugs inside.

About 1:30 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Louisiana Hwy. 33 at Frazier Road. The caller said the driver of a gray car missing its grille appeared to be intoxicated.

A deputy spotted the car traveling south on La. 33 while responding to the location and stopped it. The driver, Jason Ardoin, 49, of Winnsboro, appeared extremely nervous. Ardoin denied stopping at the convenience store and said they were traveling to Shreveport. During the stop a drug detection dog was brought to the scene and conducted an open air sniff around the vehicle. The K-9 alerted to drugs in the vehicle.

Suspected methamphetamine residue was found in the car, along with a bottle containing clonazepam tablets. A prescription bottle for buprenorphine in Ardoin’s name instead contained Xanax tablets.

A backpack containing passenger Raquel Ardoin’s identification also contained suspected methamphetamine.

Jason Ardoin was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for driving under suspension, possession of a legend drug (clonazepam), possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax), and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $14,000.

Raquel Ardoin was booked for possession of methamphetamine, possession of a legend drug (clonazepam) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $12,500.

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