Woman who drove onto Durango middle school campus suspected of DUI

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(Photo: John Wade/Durango Herald).

DURANGO, Colo. — A women who drove her car onto Miller Middle School’s campus Tuesday, nearly hitting several students is suspected of driving drunk, according to police.

Sophia Casuse, 42, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and driving on a revoked license after she drove about 70 to 80 yards onto school grounds.

According to Sgt. Bobby Taylor with Durango Police, Casuse is about 28 weeks pregnant. She was taken to a local hospital for observation, and will be taken to the La Plata County jail after her checkup.

The suspect drove over weeds and rocks, and used a dirt service road to access the north end of campus shortly before 12:20 p.m.

Casuse reportedly drover her black 1986 four-door Volvo around a couple of trees, and almost ran into numerous kids playing on the basketball court at the time.

“If she would have just kept going, she might have killed some kids,” said John Wade, a history and art teacher. “It would have been bad.”

Wade told the Durango Herald that he and Dean Garland, a math and science teacher at Miller Middle School, stood in front of Casuse’s car motioning her to stop.

“He and I literally just kind of jumped in front of her car and held our hands up, and she stopped, luckily,” Wade told the paper. “In hindsight, maybe we shouldn’t have done that.

Wade explained that he had to push about six kids out of harm’s way onto the basketball court because it didn’t look like the woman was going to stop.

School administrators said no students were hurt, and officers that were already on campus at the time dealt with the situation “expediently.”

According to Wade, Casuse was stumbling and could barely stand when she got out of the car. She told officers she was in a nearby hotel and had been partying.

Although the students were shocked, school principal Tam Smith told the Herald no students were in direct danger.

Read more at DurangoHerald.com.


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