East Baton Rouge deputies: Woman jailed after she drives into parked car, claws arresting deputy _lowres

Nancy H. Baham, 68

A woman with a nearly-empty bottle of vodka found in her vehicle and who clawed at a lawman when he attempted to handcuff her after she failed a sobriety test was arrested late Monday, deputies said.

Nancy H. Baham, 68, drove into a parked vehicle, causing it to crash into another automobile, as she pulled into a parking lot at Calandro’s Supermarket, 12732 Perkins Road, about 10:40 p.m. Monday, according to an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office report. Baham then drove her vehicle away from the scene to the other end of the lot but was pinned in by a witness until a deputy arrived, according to the document.

Baham swayed and stumbled, her speech slurred as she explained she’d consumed wine that night, the report says. She smelled of alcohol and said she didn’t remember crashing her vehicle, according to the document.

Baham “performed very poorly” on a series of field sobriety tests, report says.

As Baham was being handcuffed, she dug her fingernails into the arm of the deputy arresting her and scratched him, the report states. Baham refused to bend her arms in order to be restrained, and refused to sit in the deputy’s vehicle.

On the floor of the passenger side of Baham’s automobile, a deputy spotted a bottle of vodka with a small amount of clear liquid remaining, the report says. Baham admitted the substance was vodka.

Baham’s blood-alcohol content was 0.138 percent, according to the report. In Louisiana, a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent is presumptive evidence of drunken driving.

Baham, of 18580 Amen Corner Court, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of first-offense DWI, hit and run, battery of a police officer, resisting an officer with force or violence and open container violation. Her bail had not been set by late Tuesday morning, according to jail records.