Saint Louis University Basketball Bus Goes Missing, Turns Out Driver Got Drunk and Went on Joy Ride (Pics)
The Saint Louis University men’s basketball team suffered their 16th loss of the season on Wednesday night at the hands of the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. Then their bus was stolen. By the bus driver.
When the Billikens started filing out of the locker room after the 70-55 drubbing, their ride was nowhere to be found. Team officials then called the police, who were able to track the bus using GPS-equipped devices that had been left on the bus.
It turned out the bus was 40 miles away in Randolph, New York, and the driver, 56-year-old Linda Edmister, was plastered. 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.
“With a vehicle that large and her intoxication level, we’re actually lucky nothing happened,” O’Callaghan told ESPN.
The Billikens were worried about the equipment and other belongings that were left on the bus. However, while police tracked the vehicle down, all they could do was wait around the empty arena.
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After they retrieved their belongings from the original bus, the Billikens boarded a new bus with a new driver and headed off to the airport, arriving just after midnight.
When asked whether the incident was unusual, Trooper James O’Callaghan answered in the affirmative.
“Typically the bus would have been stolen but not the driver arrested for being intoxicated.”