Zachary bus driver admits to driving under the influence of drugs with children aboard, police report says _lowres

Darlene Crain

A Zachary bus driver was arrested on a DWI count Friday morning after she was reported as driving the vehicle erratically on state highways with 12 students on board.

Zachary police arrested Darlene Crain, 52, after someone reported about 7 a.m. that her bus was crossing over double yellow lines traveling south on La. 964 near La. 64, police spokesman Chief David McDavid said.

“All the children are safe, and the parents have been contacted,” Zachary Superintendent Scott Devillier said.

Police stopped the bus in the Zachary High School parking lot, McDavid said, and Crain told police she had taken Xanax, Percocet and Ativan between midnight and 3 a.m. Friday, the police report says.

When police asked her to perform a field sobriety test, she performed poorly, McDavid said. Later she was given drug tests, as well, and the results were sent to the State Police crime lab for further analysis, he said.

First Student, the company that handles busing services in Zachary and Crain’s employer, is handling her disciplinary action, Devillier said.

First Student did not respond to phone calls Friday afternoon.

Crain, 18681 Barnett Road, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, booking records show.

Her bail is set at $7,200, the police report says. She is scheduled to appear in Zachary City Court on Dec. 2.