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Bus driver charged with DWI after stranding team at Bona

Linda L. Edmister of Gasport

The St. Louis University basketball team lost to St. Bonaventure University 70 to 55 Tuesday night, and then they also lost their bus.

State Police said they were called to the St. Bonaventure  campus in Olean at about 10:45 p.m. after the visiting team reported that the Grand Tour bus they had hired was missing.

Using GPS on an item on the bus, troopers tracked down the bus – it turned out to be 35 miles away heading down Main Street in the Town of Randolph, police said. According to a tweet from the St. Louis team, it was  the GPS on a player's iPhone that led the authorities to the bus.

The driver, Linda L. Edmister, 56 of Gasport, was behind the wheel when troopers pulled her over on Main Street. Edmister had driven the team to St. Bonaventure and was supposed to take them back.

Troopers administered standard field sobriety tests, which they said she failed. They also found alcohol on the bus.

She was arrested and taken back to the State Police barracks in Olean where a breath test showed her blood alcohol content was .22 percent – over five times the legal limit for drinking and driving while operating a commercial vehicle.

Edmister was given an appearance ticket for Town of Randolph court.

"The St. Louis University basketball team was able to get another bus and continue to the next university," state police said.

The team's next game is scheduled for Saturday against Duquesne University back in Missouri.

The St. Louis Billikens seemed to take the weird turn of events in stride, according to a tweet from the team:

 

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