Woman arrested on suspicion of DWI after crash

Steve Garrison
Farmington police on Tuesday respond to a crash near East Main Street and Farmington Avenue. A police spokeswoman says the driver of a passenger car ran into the rear end of a Red Apple Transit bus.

FARMINGTON — A 62-year-old Farmington woman was arrested this morning on suspicion of intoxicated driving after her passenger car allegedly rear-ended a Red Apple Transit bus in east Farmington.

Farmington police were dispatched at about 9:05 a.m. to East Main Street and Farmington Avenue after receiving reports of the two-vehicle crash, according to Cpl. Tamara Smith. Smith said police learned at the scene that the car crashed into the rear of the bus.

Police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said the driver of the car, identified as Shaaron Bilyeu, and the two occupants of the bus were transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center. She said no serious injuries were reported in incident.

Bilyeu was arrested at the scene on suspicion of intoxicated driving due to evidence she was impaired by medication at the time of the crash, according to Allen.

Red Apple Transit Administrator Andrew Montoya said this afternoon the crash caused only a short delay on the blue route, which operates on Main Street from downtown Farmington to the intersection of West Piñon Hills Boulevard.

"Some quick thinking, some rehearsed action, got things back in action," Montoya said.

Montoya said the bus driver was transported to the hospital for X-rays and then sent home to recover.

He said the bus' rear bumper and tail pipe were damaged, but he did not have a cost estimate for repairs.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.