The Latest: Bus driver who stranded team charged with DWI

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Posted: Feb 09, 2017 9:09 AM

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the Saint Louis University men's basketball team getting stranded after the driver of their team bus took off during their game at a western New York college (all times local):

8:45 a.m.

Authorities say a bus driver for the Saint Louis University men's basketball team was more than five times over the limit for drunken driving when she left the team stranded in western New York.

State police say Thursday that 56-year-old Linda Edmister's blood alcohol content was 0.22 percent when she was arrested in a town about 40 miles from St. Bonaventure University, where Saint Louis played Wednesday night. The legal limit for commercial drivers is 0.04.

Edmister was supposed to drive the team to an airport, but when the players and coaches walked out of the arena after the game, the bus was gone. Troopers tracked it down using GPS through an iPad the head coach left on the bus.

Edmister was ticketed for driving a commercial vehicle while intoxicated. It couldn't be learned if she has a lawyer who could comment on the accusations.

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2:30 a.m.

The Saint Louis University men's basketball team lost a game and then their bus while playing in New York.

New York State Police say the Saint Louis Billikens walked out of the arena in St. Bonaventure following their 70-55 Wednesday night loss to the Bonnies, and their bus was gone.

State police say the 56-year-old unidentified female bus driver had taken off.

While authorities searched for the bus, the players sat in the arena. The team posted pictures on Twitter and wrote, "Just chilling in the Reilly Center while we try to find our missing bus."

State police say the bus was stopped in Randolph, New York, about 40 miles from the arena. They say the driver was arrested and is facing a charge of driving while intoxicated.