A Wilson woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after a runaway school bus tire busted through her front door, reportedly revealing a plastic bag with marijuana in it, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said.
Sheila A. Eckert, 58, 3055 Youngstown-Wilson Road, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.
According to the Sheriff's Office, a Ransomville Road school bus lost two tires while driving west on Youngstown-Wilson Road. One of the tires continued up the road, smashing through the storm door at Eckert's home and knocking the wooden door off its hinges.
No one was home at the time of the incident and efforts made to contact Eckert were unsuccessful, the Sheriff's Office said.
Students were on the bus, but there were no injuries, said Undersheriff Michael J. Filicetti.
The responding deputy, as well as a member of the Wilson Volunteer Fire Co., entered the home to secure the door. At that time, the deputy noticed a bag of marijuana sitting on the counter, in plain view. A small marijuana plant and drug paraphernalia were also in view of the deputy, the Sheriff's Office said.
The deputy and the firefighter secured the door, and the Niagara County Drug Task Force was notified. The deputy was speaking with the task force when Eckert returned home.
Eckert was told about the damage to her home and was asked about the marijuana. Eckert admitted that it was for her personal use. She also consented to a search of her home, which turned up the bag of marijuana and a small, dead marijuana plant.
Eckert was issued an appearance ticket and released. She is due Feb. 10 in Town of Wilson Court.