Angelina Co. woman arrested for public intoxication in DPS office, leaves 5 kids in car

Laricia Young (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Laricia Young (Source: Angelina County Jail)

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police arrested an Angelina County woman for public intoxication and possession of drugs after she walked into the Lufkin DPS office under the influence.

According to the police report, officers were dispatched to the DPS office in reference to a female, Laricia Antionette Young, 25, of Fuller Springs, in the lobby acting strange. Young was allegedly walking around the lobby acting strange and not saying anything.

When officers arrived, Sgt. Rodney Squires says they found Young sitting on the floor of the lobby, and she appeared disoriented. Squires says officers also noted a strong chemical odor, believed to be PCP, coming off of the woman. EMS was called to the scene to check Young's vital signs. Young was unresponsive and could not provide answers to officer's questions.

While investigating the scene, officers found a cigarette, close to where Young was sitting, that appeared to have just been dipped in PCP. Young had also left five children sitting in the 1992 Honda Civic she left parked outside of the building.

Officers questioned one of the children, who said she was Young's oldest child. According to Lieutenant David Young of LPD, "The girl said her mother took them when she bought the drugs." The child did not know where the location was that her mother bought the drugs, why she pulled over at the DPS office, or when her mother consumed the drugs. Three of the children identified in the car were found to be Young's kids while two others were identified as relatives.

The report does not state whether the car was left running or not. However, officers brought the children inside of the office, since it was so hot outside.

Lt. Young says marijuana was later found inside of the vehicle during further investigation.

Officers are still unaware as to why Young showed up at the DPS office because she did not conduct any business there.

The incident has been reported to CPS, and the kids were released to a trusted adult. The car was towed to a local impound.

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