Basketball team left hanging by bus driver, charged with DWI

Troopers tracked it down using Global Positioning System through an iPad the head coach left on the bus.

She was driving for the Lockport-based Grand Tours & Ridge Road Express bus lines, a company employee confirmed Thursday. The bus driver, identified as 56-year-old Linda Edmister of Gasport, Niagara County, was pulled over about 90 minutes after the game 40 miles away in Randolph. They tweeted pictures showing players playing cards on the court, while others were sleeping in leather loungers. School officials said the item was Coach Travis Ford's iPad.

A female bus driver had taken off with the team's bus with equipment and gear still on board.

"I'm not sure where their destination was after that". Considering Edmister registered a 0.22 blood-alcohol content, more than five times above the 0.04 legal limit for NY drivers with commercial licenses, the incident could've been much worse. "But yeah, it definitely wasn't Randolph", O'Callaghan said.

It couldn't be learned whether Edmister has a lawyer who could comment on the accusations. The Billikens posted a tweet also thanking Bonaventure staff for helping them.

"When troopers were interviewing her, they smelled the smell of alcohol", he told ESPN.

The team recovered its belongings and met its chartered flight in Bradford, Penn., after a 37-mile drive, according to Sporting News. The game ended around 9:30 p.m. Edmister was pulled over shortly before 11 p.m., troopers said.

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