Louis University hoops bus driver charged with DWI

The police apparently found the bus because of a lucky break.

State police say the 56-year-old unidentified female bus driver had taken off. The Billikens had just lost a road game 70-55 to St. Bonaventure in Olean, New York, and they were getting ready to head back to the Midwest when they realized their ride was gone.

While authorities searched for the bus, the players sat in the arena. The team posted pictures on Twitter of players sitting around Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center - some playing cards and lounging in a pair of promotional Ashley HomeStore leather recliners courtside. According to New York State Police Trooper James O'Callaghan, Edmister registered a 0.22 on a breathalyzer test, which is over five times New York's legal limit of 0.04 for drivers with commercial licenses. O'Callaghan said law enforcement officers are grateful because they know the outcome could have been much different, considering Edmister's level of intoxication.

Edmister was ticketed for driving a commercial vehicle while intoxicated.

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O'Callaghan said police don't believe Edmister was drunk when she drove the team to the arena.

It couldn't be learned whether Edmister has a lawyer who could comment on the accusations. Saint Louis team officials told members of the news media the bus incident caused it to be late by at least an hour for a charter flight from Bradford (Pa.) Regional Airport. The game ended about 9:30 p.m.

After grabbing their items from the original bus, the Billikens transferred to a new bus with a new driver and traveled to a local airport.

  • Regina Holmes