Woman locked in store bathroom arrested for drugs

A Dubach woman who locked herself and her daughter inside a Ruston convenience store bathroom was arrested on drug charges Saturday afternoon.

Deputies of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the Jefferson Corner Chevron where Alana C. Allen, 41, told them she and her juvenile daughter were in danger. She said they were traveling to a shelter for domestic abuse victims. 

According to Allen’s arrest affidavit, she told deputies her boyfriend had forcefully removed her from his residence the night before and was “looking crazy.” She said the boyfriend took her into the woods and told her to leave.

Allen reportedly told deputies she believed her boyfriend was worried because his son had come to town and was supposedly dangerous. Allen refused to provide the boyfriend’s name, however. She also described a man driving a black Chevrolet Trailblazer chasing her on U.S. 167 as she drove toward Ruston, according to the affidavit.

The deputy wrote Allen’s behavior at the convenience store was consistent with someone under the influence of narcotics and she admitted smoking methamphetamine earlier.

A search of Allen’s car discovered a .22-caliber rifle and methamphetamine.

Allen was booked for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal use of a controlled substance in the presence of a minor, and illegal carrying of a weapon during a drug felony. Bail was set at $32,500.

Allen’s daughter was released to the father.

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