Covington, La.- Police arrested 34-year-old Nicolas Ates and 34-year-old Dawn Bookter early Monday morning after a traffic stop led police to meth in the vehicle.
At 1:30 a.m., Covington police stopped a red Ford Explorer for swerving on Highway 190. Officers pulled the vehicle over on the South side of the Collins Boulevard overpass.
Upon coming in contact with the driver, identified as Ates, the female passenger, identified as Bookter, seemed to panic.
Bookter told police she was pregnant and in pain and had to get to a fake hospital in Slidell. When the Officer told her that the hospital she had named did not exist, and St. Tammany Hospital was nearby, she stated that she did not have her insurance card.
Covington Fire Rescue was called to care for Bookter, but she refused medical aid when they arrived.
Ates told the officer that he was driving under suspension on a Mississippi Drivers License and the officer told Bookter that she needed to drive the vehicle.
When Bookter and Ates were switching seats the officer noticed a small clear covered case with about 50 colored Ziploc bags. When the officer opened the case, he found three used syringes along with bags containing white crystalline substances believed to be Methamphetamine.
Officers also found precursors to making Meth in the vehicle.
Both Ates and Bookter were placed under arrest.
Bookter was brought to the nurse at the St. Tammany Parish Jail where she told nurse that she was actually not pregnant.
Ates is charged with improper lane use, driving under suspension, possession of Schedule II Meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.