Police: Long Island Baby Sitter Arrested After Driving Intoxicated With 4 Kids In Car
MOUNT SINAI, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) -- A Long Island woman has been arrested after police said she was driving drunk with four young children she was supposed to be baby sitting in her car.
Sabrina Macri, 19, faces several charges including driving while intoxicated, child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance and other counts.
Around 2 p.m. Thursday, police said a good Samaritan called 911 when she saw Macri was intoxicated while trying find her car in the parking lot of Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai.
Once she found her car, police said she tried to drive away with four boys who were in her care, ages 4 to 11, inside. Nicole Diaz used her own car to block Macri from leaving until officers arrived, police said.
"She was stumbling and looked very confused," Diaz said.
Diaz and her mother were arriving at the beach when they saw the teen start to drive away and took action.
"She said she was fine, and I knew that she wasn't so I decided to call the police," Diaz said.
And that's not all.
"When she started to drive out, I blocked the exit with my car. There would have been some kind of accident," Diaz said.
As she was being arrested, prosecutors said Macri allegedly told the officer, "So what if I had a few drinks? That's what people my age do, you [expletive] loser," WCBS 880's Sophia Hall reported.
Macri's attorney, Anthony Scheller, said she is very sorry about what happened.
"She's very remorseful about this whole situation," he said. "She's shown great remorse when I spoke to her and she agreed to stay away from the children at this point -- the judge issued an order of protection."
The attorney also said the defendant's mother is seeking a drug and alcohol program for her daughter, Hall reported.
"We are thankful that, obviously, there was no accident. There was nobody injured," he said. "Obviously, we have a lot of investigating to do. We have to wait for the blood report to come back."
At Cedar Beach folks were applauding the act of a good Samaritan.
"It was brave of her. Most people don't want to get involved if they don't know the whole situation so she took a chance," Jeanne Colwell said.
Diaz, the woman who blocked in the accused drunk babysitter, is a mother of two small children.
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