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Friday, October 24, 2008

Beauty queen ending reign on a sour note

Beauty queen ending reign on a sour note

2009 Miss Louisiana Teen USA to take crown Nov. 1

By Loresha Wilson

Crown Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The reigning Miss Teen Louisiana was preparing to hand over her crown to her successor in two weeks. Now, she's ending her reign on a sour note after being arrested over the weekend.

Lindsey Evans, 18, has completed her year reign, and the 2009 Miss Louisiana Teen USA is set to take the crown Nov. 1. The pageant will be held in Lafayette on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

RPM Production Inc., based in South Carolina, hosts the Miss Louisiana USA and the teen pageant, and officials were collecting information Monday about Evan's arrest and deciding whether she will keep the crown for the duration.

A spokeswoman for the company would only say, "We do have to go through proper channels and make all the right decisions, but the title will be transferred Nov. 1 anyway."

Evans, of Blanchard, was arrested Saturday on charges that she and three others dined at a Bossier City restaurant and skipped out on the check, said Mark Natale, city spokesman. The teen also is charged with possession of marijuana.

Attempts by The Times to reach Evans and her parents Monday were not successful. No one answered calls to their residence.

The four women ordered food and ate at Posados on Old Minden Road, and they left the business at about 7 p.m. without paying their bill, Natale said.

"Evans left her purse behind," Natale said. "The manager secured the purse and inside we found her driver's license and a small plastic bag of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana."

The women returned to the restaurant a short time later to get the purse, and an officer recognized Evans from her driver's license as their vehicle entered the Posados parking lot. She was the front-seat passenger, Natale said.

Police searched the vehicle and found marijuana and drug paraphanelia inside.

Lindsey Evans

Lindsey Evans

Miss Teen Louisiana USA was booked into the Bossier City Jail on one count each of possession of marijuana and theft, Natale said. She posted a $1,000 bond early Sunday.

Others arrested Saturday were Jordan James, 18; Jennifer Martin, 22; and Morgan Coleman, 18.

Evans is a 2008 graduate of Northwood High School and attends Northwestern State University, majoring in broadcast journalism. She was 1st runner-up for Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2007.

Evans is set to appear Jan. 14 in Bossier District Court.