Police and Fire briefs for April 20, 2013

Advocate staff report

Woman arrested in motel meth lab fire

Baton Rouge police Friday arrested a 38-year-old Denham Springs woman accused of operating a “shake and bake” meth lab and causing fire damage to a motel room on April 2.

Natausha N. Chidester, rented the room at the Crossland Motel, 11140 Boardwalk Drive, and police found pictures of her on online social media websites, including pictures of her inside the motel room where the fire occurred, according to information in an affidavit warrant.

Police found items used in methamphetimine labs in the bathroom and found smoke and burn marks in other parts of the room, the warrant says.

Police booked Chidester, 23596 Springhill Drive, into Parish Prison on one count each of aggravated arson, creation of a clandestine laboratory and distribution/manfucturing of schedule I drug, the warrant says.

Eight arrested on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least eight people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.