Police: Drunk Teen Crashes Stolen School Bus Into His House

Officers Find Bus Parked In 19-Year-Old's Yard, Engine Running

A Boulder teen is accused of stealing a school bus while drunk and crashing it into a Jeep and his own house, police said.

Boulder police responded Tuesday night to reports of a drunken driver in a yellow school bus that had bounced off a street median and then crashed in the porch of a home at 845 Marine St., according to a police report.

Arriving officers found the privately owned bus parked halfway in the yard and the street with its engine running, the report said.

Officers learned that William Levin Goodrich, 19, was inside the home and, speaking to him through an open window, told him to come outside.

"What's up?" asked the bare-chested teen, who was wearing striped, multicolored surfer shorts, the police report said.

An officer asked the teen "what was up with the bus" in his front yard, the report said.

Goodrich replied, "Can we get this over with?" and presented his hands as if ready to be cuffed, according to a police report.

Goodrich, whose driver's license had been revoked for a drunken driving violation, told officers that someone named "Matt" gave him a small, thin piece of paper and told him to eat it, the police report said. Suddenly, he said, "everything was moving in on him, and he felt weird."

He told police that Matt gave him the keys to the school bus and told him to drive home, the report said.

An officer asked if he had been drinking alcohol, and Goodrich replied: "Unfortunately, yes," the report said.

A woman at the scene told police she saw Goodrich staggering down the sidewalk and he almost fell into a tree and some bushes near Arapahoe Avenue and Fourth Street, the report said.

The woman said she saw the teen walk up to the parked school bus, enter through a back door, start the engine and drive off, the report said. She said she saw the bus hit a street median and a traffic roundabout.

Police said the bus also a hit a Jeep Grand Cherokee parked near Goodrich's home, before the teen drove into his own house, the report said.

An officer wrote that Goodrich was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol. He failed a field sobriety test, police said.

The owner of the bus arrived at the scene and said it had been stolen, the report said.

Goodrich was booked into the Boulder County Jail on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, DUI, careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and driving under restraint. He was held with bond set at $10,000 bond.

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