Woman’s bizarre actions lead to drug arrest

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden Police made a drug arrest Wednesday morning that may have saved a woman’s life.

Juanette Renee Yelverton, 44, of the 2000 block of Military Rd., Ringgold, is charged with simple obstruction of a highway and possession of crystal methamphetamine.

Chief Steve Cropper said Lt. Christopher McClaran observed the woman walking north on Homer Road on the north sidewalk between Elm Street and Park Highway.

“The lieutenant pulled over into a parking lot to watch the woman, who was later identified as Yelverton,” Cropper said. “The officer said her behavior seemed bizarre to him.”

Yelverton was reportedly stopping, spinning around in circles and yelling at something only she could see.

“The officer recorded Yelverton yelling at vehicles as they passed her,” said the chief.

Ofc. Anthony Miller was dispatched to the same area in reference to a woman acting strangely and stepping out into the street.

“She then walked out into the road, and was almost hit by a car,” Cropper said. “The vehicle had to come to a complete stop to avoid striking her. As she approached Pennsylvania Avenue, Lt. McClaran made contact with her.”

McClaran’s report states Yelverton complied with his orders to place her hands on the push bumper of his police unit and gave the officer her correct name.

“She told the officer she wasn’t on drugs, but the lieutenant said he felt her behavior was consistent with someone using methamphetamine,” Cropper said. “He asked if he could search her purse and she gave consent. He opened a container in her purse that held approximately 6.16 grams of loose crystal meth.”

Yelverton was booked at Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center. 

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