Woman Admits to Smoking Marijuana Before Hitting School Bus: Police

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    New Haven Police
    A woman told police she smoked marijuana and taking drugs before getting behind the wheel.

    A New Haven woman who told police she smoked marijuana and took at least four prescription medications before getting behind the wheel was arrested after hitting a school bus, police said.

    A school bus was turning left from Orchard Street on to the Ella T. Grasso Boulevard just after 9 a.m. on Tuesday when Brenda Dasilva, 43, of New Haven hit the back of the bus, then a utility pole, police said.

    Eight students between 6 and 14 years old from the King Robinson School were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be evaluated.

    Police said none of the students, nor the bus driver, had any apparent injuries and the damage to the bus was minor.

    Dasilva told investigators she'd recently smoked marijuana and had taken several medications before getting behind the wheel, according to police.

    Dasilva, who also goes by the last names LaClaire and Martinez, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, eight counts of risk of injury to a minor and operating with a suspended license.

    Police said DaSilva was driving someone else’s car, which was registered and insured.