DUI suspect arrested in school parking lot 

A Choudrant woman was arrested at Ruston High School last week for operating a vehicle under the influence after striking a parked car amid buses discharging arriving students.

About 7:10 a.m. on Sept. 18, Ruston Police responded to an area of the high school called “the boulevard” where buses pick up and unload students. Officers found Becky M. Norred, 56, appeared to be impaired. 

Norred was directed to perform some field sobriety tests. Based on the results, she was placed under arrest and taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. A breath test was administered that did not show the presence of alcohol. A drug influence evaluation was conducted by an officer certified as a drug recognition expert. 

Norred admitted taking at least three medications around midnight. She also admitted to smoking methamphetamine the previous day. Based on the evaluation and Norred’s statements, she was booked. 

Bail was set at $1,500. 

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