SLU Basketball Loses, Drunk Bus Driver Leaves Team Stranded

JOHN WAWROW - AP Sports Writer

OLEAN, N.Y. (KMOX/AP) – The Saint Louis University men’s basketball team lost a game – and then its bus – while playing in New York.

The Billikens walked out of the arena in St. Bonaventure Wednesday night following the team’s 70-55 loss to the Bonnies, and their bus was nowhere to be found, said New York State Police Trooper James O’Callaghan.

Courtesy of New York State Police

Courtesy of New York State Police

The 56-year-old female bus driver, Linda Edmister, drove the team to the game in the Grand Tour bus and was supposed to take them to their next destination, but instead left without the team.

State police said the bus was eventually stopped in Randolph, New York, about 35 miles from the arena and the team.

Edmister was administered a standard field sobriety test, which she failed. Police say she had a blood alcohol level of .22. The minimum BAC considered to be a DUI in the state of New York is .08, however if the driver is operating a commercial the legal limit is .04.

She was arrested and is facing a charge of driving while intoxicated,

While authorities searched for the bus, the players sat in the arena. The team posted pictures on Twitter of players talking on their cellphones, playing cards and napping.

Senior guard Mike Crawford was still dishing out assists after the game. He apparently suggested that authorities use the “track my iPhone feature” on an Apple device that was still on the stolen bus.

Billiken’s radio play-by-play broadcaster, Bob Ramsey:

As for the team, it later posted an update on Twitter thanking the St. Bonaventure staff for helping out.

“Our bus has been located,” the team wrote.

It was not immediately clear why the driver took off. State police said the investigation was ongoing.

Wawrow reported from Buffalo.

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