Two seniors at Central High School were taken from school Monday and sent to the hospital after apparently ingesting synthetic marijuana, said Superintendent Michael Faulk.

Faulk said the boys, ages 17 and 18, apparently used the drug while in the bathroom and they went into class where “they had issues,” Faulk said, not elaborating.

At least one of them had drug paraphernalia connected with the synthetic marijuana, Faulk said. Both students are being recommended for expulsion in accordance with Central’s student handbook.

Faulk said this is the first instance in the 2014-15 school year of synthetic marijuana use on the Central High campus, but school officials have been hearing stories of students using the drug off campus.

A year ago, Central schools required mandatory drug testing for students involved in athletics and extracurricular activities. Faulk said that in August 2013 seven students tested positive for illegal drugs, but this August none did.

Casey Rayborn Hicks, spokeswoman with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Monday that detectives are still waiting to talk to the students at the hospital.

Woman in critical condition after accident

A woman was in critical condition at a Baton Rouge hospital after she had a medical event Monday morning while driving on South Acadian Thruway, causing a two-vehicle accident, Baton Rouge police said.

Police earlier Monday reported that the woman had died in the accident.

The crash occurred on South Acadian, near Capital Heights Avenue, at about 10:40 a.m., said police spokesman Don Coppola Jr.

Police had closed both lanes of South Acadian between Capital Heights and Claycut for about two hours while they investigated the crash.

Coppola said as far as he knew, no one else was injured in the crash.

Authorities book 5 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least five people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Graylin Bell, 62, 520 S. 17th St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and hit-and-run.
  • Timothy Curran, 36, 439 Staring Lane, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, license plate required and driver’s license required.
  • Aaron Robinson, 28, 6129 E. Glen Court, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and careless operation.
  • Coltan Salazar, 20, 5635 Lower Zachary Road, Zachary, first-offense DWI, careless operation and seat belt violation.
  • Robert Smith, 40, 125 Allen Drive, Montgomery, first-offense DWI, careless operation and stopping vehicle in the roadway.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.