SLIDELL, La. (WDSU) —
A portion of Highway 11 in Slidell was closed Friday morning after a suspected impaired driver ran head-on into a St. Tammany Parish school bus.
Slidell police reported the crash happened on the Highway 11/Front St. overpass.
Officials said they arrested and charged 26-year-old Alexandra Alley, of Baton Rouge, with 2nd-offense DUI.
Officers said Alley was traveling south on Highway 11 when she crossed over the center line of the roadway and caused a head-on collision with a school bus.
Police said fortunately no kids were on board, but the bus spun out of control hitting a law enforcement vehicle.
No serious injuries were reported, but the bus driver did sustain minor injuries.
When officers arrived at the scene, they said it was apparent Alley was impaired and appeared under the influence of narcotics. Officers said they also located suspected narcotics inside of Alley’s vehicle.
Alley was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries, officials said. Upon her release, Slidell police said Alley will be booked into Slidell City Jail and charged with driving under the influence (2nd offense), driving under suspension, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a legend drug, vehicular negligent injuring and improper lane usage.
The bridge was closed for over two hours for officers to clear the vehicles off the roadway.