PIERRE PART, La. (BRPROUD) – A Baton Rouge woman remains behind bars on a $50,000 bond after a recent incident in a school zone.
Linda Jean Blanton, 58, of Baton Rouge, allegedly did not comply with a request made by a P.O.S.T. Certified School Resource Officer on Wednesday, December 7.
Blanton is accused of driving away from the school zone “at a high rate of speed with the deputy still engaged,” according to the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office.
That was not the first time that the deputy saw the same vehicle driving quickly.
Prior to leaving the scene, the vehicle was slowed and was asked to stop by the deputy so traffic could go in and out of the school.
APSO said that a call came in about a reckless driver in the area and the vehicle in front of the deputy appeared to match the description given over the police radio.
The woman allegedly said “no” to stopping and left the area after the call came over the police radio.
APSO said this allegedly happened while the deputy “was directing morning school traffic at Pierre Part Elementary.”
Further investigation led to deputies to figure out that the vehicle was the same one “in the first complaint as well as the school zone incident,” according to the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies figured out that Blanton was the driver and the 58-year-old was arrested two days after the alleged incident by the Morgan City Police Department.
Blanton was subsequently booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center and charged with the crimes below:
- Speeding – School Zone
- Failure to Obey a Police Officer – Signs and Signals
- Felony Battery of a Police Officer
- Aggravated Battery with a Dangerous Weapon