FORKS TWP., Pa. | Authorities allege a Forks Township woman’s blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit when her minivan collided with a LANTA bus with her children in the backseat.
Forks Township police charged Jeannine R. Keane with DUI and child endangerment in connection with the Sept. 16 wreck along Sullivan Trail. District Judge Jacqueline Taschner arraigned the 42-year-old Thursday, releasing her on $75,000 unsecured bail.
Township police were dispatched to Sullivan Trail and Newlins Road West just after 6 p.m. Sept. 16 for a report of a two-vehicle crash. Officers arrived to find the LANTA bus with a damaged front end on Sullivan Trail and a mini-van parked on the shoulder of Newlins Road.
Police said Keane was still in the driver’s seat and her two children were in the van. While speaking with Keane from the passenger side of the vehicle, an officer alleges he could smell alcohol coming from inside the vehicle, according to court records.
Authorities allege Keane had bloodshot and glassy eyes, slurred her speech and had trouble speaking, according to records. Police said she appeared confused and wasn’t making sense as she tried to explain the crash. And authorities allege Keane was unsteady on her feet and had trouble walking when she stepped out of the van.
Field sobriety tests and a portable breath test allegedly showed signs of alcohol use. The results of a blood test allegedly showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.27 percent. Most drunk-driving offenses begin at 0.08 percent.
An investigation and video surveillance allegedly revealed that Keane pulled onto Sullivan Trail from a stop sign and failed to yield to oncoming traffic. The LANTA bus crashed into her van.
Police charged Keane with two misdemeanor counts each of child endangerment and DUI and a pair of summary traffic offenses. Her next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 31.