A Forks Township woman was more than three times the legal limit when she drove drunk with two kids in a van and crashed into a LANTA bus, township police said.

Jeannine Keane, of Jeannette Lane in the township, is facing a handful of charges stemming from the Sept. 16 crash, including DUI and child endangerment. The charges were filed Sept. 27, and Keane is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 12.

Keane is represented by attorney Paul M. Aaroe II, who declined to comment about the case.

Township police were called a little after 6 p.m. Sept. 16 for a crash involving a van and a LANTA bus at Sullivan Trail and Newlins Road West.

Officers found a bus with front-end damage and a minivan off the shoulder of Newlins Road. The 42-year-old Keane was in the driver’s seat, and there were two kids, ages 9 and 12, in the van, police said.

Police said Keane’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot, she had trouble speaking and was slurring her words, and officers smelled alcohol inside the van.

“While trying to explain the crash, she was not making sense and was very confused,” police said in court paperwork.

Keane allegedly had trouble walking out of the van. Police said she showed multiple signs of impairment during field sobriety tests, and a breath test was positive for alcohol.

Police said a video showed Keane failed to yield to oncoming traffic when she pulled out from a stop sign on Newlins Road onto Sullivan Trail, and crashed into the bus.

Keane was taken to the Easton DUI Center, and tests found she had a blood-alcohol content of 0.27 percent. Penalties for drivers begin at a 0.08 percent.

A message left with Forks Township police asking about the crash and if anyone was hurt was not immediately returned.

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