Posted at: 05/04/2013 10:45 AM
| Updated at: 05/05/2013 10:19 AM
By: Dan Bazile
TROY - A woman faces DWI charges. Police say her blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when she slammed into three parked cars early Saturday morning.
Broken pieces of car parts were scattered on River Street near Smith Avenue, where the accident happened. The side of a school bus is also smashed in -- the rim is bent -- what looks like beyond repairs.
“When I saw the rim, I was amazed at how that little car bent that rim like that,” said Bernie Garcia, one of the victims.
The little car was a small Acura, driven by 29 year-old Grace Gibson, also of Troy. Police say she was headed north on River Street around 4 o'clock Saturday morning, when she slammed into the school bus and two other cars.
“Three innocent people who had parked their cars safely and legally will now have to deal with extensive damage to their vehicles,” said Troy Police Captain, John Cooney.
Police say Gibson was drunk, with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit at .17.
“In fact there was a beer bottle recovered at the scene which most likely is attached to her behavior at the time of the incident,” says Cooney.
A tenth of a point more and police say she'd be facing a felony.
Bernie Garcia drives the school bus for a local company in the Troy School District. She says the crash was so loud, it jolted her children out of bed. Her daughter's car, a GMC truck, was also damaged.
Troy police say they have a DWI officer on patrol and they catch their fair share of intoxicated drivers. Even though in this case Gibson was of legal age to drink, police say with prom season, they're sending out a warning to underage drinkers who get behind the wheel.
“We don't like to do it. We wish we didn't have to do it. But if that teenager's had anything to drink under the age of 21, they are looking at a loss of their license and a big change in their lives,” says Cooney.