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Masters golf fans hurt when bus overturns on interstate

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a tour bus that injured passengers heading to the Masters golf tournament (all times local):

7:20 p.m.

A passenger injured when a charter bus crashed on the way to the Masters golf tournament says he’s thankful ”everybody’s alive.”

Doctors Hospital in Augusta released video Thursday evening of Kip Plowman describing the crash as he waited in the emergency room to have broken glass removed from his hand.

Plowman said the bus careened off the road and spun around one and a half times before skidding on its side a good distance. He said the bus was filling up with smoke as he climbed through a window above his head.

Plowman said he felt badly for other injured passengers as well as for Masters ticketholders stuck on Interstate 20 as it was shut down after the crash. He said: ”It’s not the way we planned the day.”

3:20 p.m.

A Georgia hospital says it’s treating nine passengers – including one in critical condition – who were injured when a charter bus overturned on the way to the Masters golf tournament.

Doctors Hospital in Augusta said in a statement Thursday that six of the nine passengers taken there were either in good condition or had been treated and released.

Sgt. Chris Wright of the Georgia State Patrol says 18 passengers were riding the bus from Atlanta to Augusta for the first round of the Masters when the bus overturned on Interstate 20. The driver, 61-year-old Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer, has been charged with driving under the influence.

Wright said none of the passengers suffered life-threatening injuries, though several had broken bones and head injuries.

1:45 p.m.

A Georgia state trooper says passengers riding a charter bus to the Masters golf tournament told investigators the driver veered off the roadway twice before he swerved a third time and caused the bus to overturn, injuring 15 people.

Sgt. Chris Wright of the Georgia State Patrol told The Associated Press one passenger told troopers he had decided before the crash: ”I’m not riding back with him. I’ll call an Uber.”

The bus was taking 18 passengers from Atlanta to the tournament in Augusta when it crashed Thursday morning on Interstate 20. Wright said some passengers suffered broken bones and head injuries.

The driver, 61-year-old Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer, has been charged with driving under the influence. Wright said authorities believe he had been using drugs, not alcohol.

12:03 p.m.

Authorities say a tour bus headed to the Masters golf tournament flipped over on a Georgia interstate, injuring at least a dozen people.

The bus driver has been charged with DUI.

Georgia State Patrol officials say the bus carrying 18 people crashed on Interstate 20 around 8:45 a.m. Thursday. Sixty-one-year-old Steven Hoppenbrouwer is also charged with failure to maintain lane.

Authorities say Hoppenbrouwer ran off the side of the road and overcorrected before the bus overturned on the median.

Several people were taken to hospitals but the patrol says the injuries were not life-threatening.

<LI><strong>Thursday, April 5th, 2018</strong>

<a href=”../news2018/thursday.html”>Repeat Drunk Driver Arrested In Riverside Trying To Fill Gas Tank With Kerosene</a>

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman who has had her license revoked several times for drunk driving, and had her children taken away by authorities in Minnesota, was arrested Monday night in west suburban Riverside.

Police said officers found her trying to fill up her gas tank with kerosene, and with an open bottle of whisky in her car.

Tasha Lynn Schleicher, 41, has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated drunk driving, and two misdemeanor counts of drunk driving. She was also charged with driving without insurance, driving on a revoked license, and transportation of open alcohol while driving.

Police said she has a lengthy record of drunk driving arrests, and had her children taken away from her last year, after driving drunk with five children in her car, and starting to breastfeed a baby while intoxicated.

“This is one of the worst impaired driving arrests our agency has ever made. Schneider’s history of six prior DUI’s in six states, with three outstanding warrants from various states speaks to her transient nature. When she was arrested in a state, she would just not show up in court unless she was held in custody. That’s one of the reasons for so many outstanding warrants,” Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said.

Riverside police said they received a 911 call around 9:30 p.m. Monday about a woman passed out behind the wheel of her car at a gas station at 34th and Harlem.

When officers arrived, they found Schleicher sitting in a running car, awake and alert. Police said it appeared she had tried to fill up her car with kerosene instead of gasoline.

Officers also noticed she was highly intoxicated, had bloodshot eyes, and had a strong scent of alcohol on her breath. They also spotted an open bottle of Crown Royal whisky in the front passenger’s seat.

alcohol in car Repeat Drunk Driver Arrested In Riverside Trying To Fill Gas Tank With Kerosene

Riverside police found an open bottle of Crown Royal whisky in the passenger’s seat of Tasha Lynn Schleicher’s car when she was arrested for drunk driving on April 2, 2018.

Witnesses told police she had been drinking from the bottle before officers arrived.

“Her clothes were literally falling off her when officers escorted her to the rear of the car for field sobriety testing,” police said in a news release.

Police said Schleicher told officers she could not find her 11 children, but police could find no children nearby, and witnesses said she was the only one in the car when she pulled up to the gas station.

When she was arrested, she allegedly gave police a fake name, birthdate, and social security number.

After taking Schleicher’s fingerprints, officers discovered she had several previous drunk driving arrests in multiple states, dating back to 2007, police said. She was also wanted on three out-of-state warrants connected to drunk driving charges.

Police said Schleicher continued to insist she had been with her kids; and also insisted she was pregnant, bleeding, and having a miscarriage. Police took her to the hospital, where doctors determined she was not pregnant, nor suffering any medical problems.

Weitzel said he believes she made up the pregnancy in an effort to escape when she got to the hospital.

When Riverside officers contacted police in her home town of New Hope, Minnesota, they learned her children had been taken away from her after allegedly driving drunk with five children in the car, and breastfeeding one child while intoxicated last September.

In that case, according to the charges, a Rochester police officer was heading southbound on Highway 52 on Sept. 23, 2017, when he observed a vehicle drift off the road and hit the center median cable barrier. The vehicle continued to sideswipe the barrier at highway speed for about 200 feet. Debris was coming off the vehicle and it caused other vehicles to swerve to avoid hitting it.

The complaint states the vehicle exited Highway 52 about five miles later at 75th Street NW. The vehicle pulled over to the shoulder and stopped. An officer made contact with the driver, identified as Schleicher. She appeared to be confused and under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An officer also observed she had started to breast feed her infant child.

According to the charges, a Rochester police officer was heading southbound on Highway 52 at 3:42 p.m. Saturday when he observed a vehicle drift off the road and hit the center median cable barrier. The vehicle continued to sideswipe the barrier at highway speed for about 200 feet. Debris was coming off the vehicle and it caused other vehicles to swerve to avoid hitting it.

The complaint states the vehicle exited Highway 52 about five miles later at 75th Street NW. The vehicle pulled over to the shoulder and stopped. An officer made contact with the driver, identified as Schleicher. She appeared to be confused and under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An officer also observed she had started to breast feed her infant child.

Riverside police said Schleicher claimed she was in Illinois to drop off the only child she still has custody of, a 15-year-old boy, so he could “party” in Indiana for spring break.

“We’re working on locating that child, but so far haven’t been successful because she’s not cooperative. We’re dealing with Minnesota Child Protective Services and other social agencies to try to get a lead on the 15 year old in Indiana,” Weitzel said in an email.

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