Baton Rouge police: Woman injected heroin as she drove down I-10, wrecked vehicle with child in back seat _lowres

Brandi Roussel

A 27-year-old woman, who police said was injecting heroin into her arm last summer as she drove down I-10 with her child in the backseat when she crashed her vehicle, was arrested Tuesday.

Brandi Roussel, of Paulina, crashed her vehicle at about 1:15 p.m. June 8 near the Acadian Thruway exit in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10, the Baton Rouge Police report says.

When EMS personnel arrived, they found Roussel not breathing, with a needle in her arm, the report says. EMS staff revived her before she was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

Her 4-year-old was in the backseat; however, the report does not say whether the child was injured.

When detectives interviewed Roussel at the hospital, she told them she had bought heroin and was trying to inject it into her arm as she drove down the interstate, the report says.

Roussel said she didn’t remember anything after she injected the drug and passed out, according to the report.

Investigators found a small clear bag of white powder and a needle in Roussel’s vehicle at the scene, the report says.

Roussel, 3327 Maura St., Paulina, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of possession of Schedule I drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and using controlled dangerous substance with a minor present.

Roussel’s bail is $27,000.

The report does not say why authorities waited seven months to arrest her.