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DUI suspect faces wheelchair-bound victim in court

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A 15-year-old boy arrives to testify in Noel Lardeo's preliminary hearing A 15-year-old boy arrives to testify in Noel Lardeo's preliminary hearing
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A drunken driving suspect broke down in tears several times Monday when she faced a 15-year-old boy who lost a leg after her car struck a bus bench in early February.

The victim, who now uses a wheelchair, was one of several people called to testify in the preliminary hearing for 26-year-old Noel Lynn Lardeo.

Lardeo, a first-grade teacher at Roger M. Bryan Elementary School, was arrested following the Feb. 5 wreck at Spring Mountain Road west of El Camino Road.

A witness who testified in court Monday said Lardeo smelled of alcohol and was in tears as she tried to help the boy at the scene.

"I asked her to come over and help and she did come over and help us… and she just said, 'Oh my god I took his legs,'" a witness told the court Monday.

According to an arrest report, Lardeo said she was the designated driver and was giving her roommate a ride home.

The witness said Lardeo's passenger, 36-year-old Artemio Rios, was drinking a beer after the accident, before police arrived.

"He was actually standing by the car drinking a beer while we were trying to stabilize this kid," another eyewitness testified Monday.

Two open, partially-consumed containers of vodka were found in Lardeo's car, according to the report.

The victim, 15-year-old Conan Obenchain, also was asked by the court what he remembered on that morning.

When the prosecutor asked him that question, Obenchain replied:

"Nothing. I just remember going to the bus stop. Nothing after that."

Obenchain, a student at Bonanza High School, lost his left leg as a result of the accident.

His family tells FOX5, after two months of being in the hospital, doctors are still trying to save his right leg.

Obenchain told the court he was going to Walmart that morning, and only remembered sitting down on the bus stop bench.

He told the court after the accident the next thing he remembered was waking up in the hospital three days later.

The officer that interviewed Lardeo also testified that Lardeo admitted drinking only after she failed a sobriety test.

"She failed to maintain her balance while listening to instructions," the officer told the court Monday.

While Lardeo told witnesses she crashed because her tire blew out, a second officer stated on the stand there were no tire pieces in the road.

The Clark County School District told FOX5 Monday that Lardeo is no longer employed with the district.

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