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Troopers: Woman hits school bus, blows .35



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A Stanley woman blew more than four times the legal alcohol limit Tuesday afternoon after crashing her vehicle into the back of a Lincoln County school bus, troopers said.

The incident happened around 4 p.m. on Old Plank Road at Cabin Lane in Lincolnton, according to Trooper C. Casey with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Sally Ferens, 36, of 176 Thorn Wood Lane, had been driving her 15-year-old son to lacrosse practice when she ran her vehicle up under the bus, carrying students from East Lincoln Middle School at the time, troopers said.

The bus was stopped along the area roadway.

Casey said Ferens never even hit her brakes.

He said he immediately knew she had been drinking when he walked up to the vehicle.

“It was very obvious she was highly impaired,” he said.

Officers learned Ferens had a blood alcohol content of .35. Any driver who blows a BAC of .08 or higher is considered impaired in North Carolina.

“It was the highest (BAC) I’ve seen in nine years since I’ve been working (law enforcement),” Casey said.

He was surprised to see no prior DWIs or traffic offenses on her record. She was last stopped in 1994, he noted.

Troopers charged Ferens with one count each of DWI, careless and reckless driving and misdemeanor child abuse.

Emergency Medical Services also responded to the scene, but no injuries were reported.



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