19-year-old babysitter charged with DWI on Long Island; 4 kids in car

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Friday, July 1, 2016
19-year-old babysitter charged with DWI on LI; 4 kids in car
N.J. Burkett is live in Suffolk County with the latest details.

MOUNT SINAI, Long Island (WABC) -- Suffolk County police arrested a 19-year-old babysitter Thursday afternoon after a good Samaritan called police to report the woman was intoxicated with four children in her car.

The call came around 2 p.m. after the witness observed a driver apparently unable to locate her vehicle in the parking lot of Cedar Beach, located on Harbor Beach Road in Mount Sinai.

The suspect, identified as Sabrina Macri, had four boys ranging in age from 4 to 11 in her care.

Authorities say that once she located her vehicle, a black 2015 Honda Civic, Macri attempted to drive away, and the good Samaritan -- Nicole Diaz -- used her own vehicle to block the Honda until police arrived.

"I just couldn't let her leave with those kids, couldn't let her leave," Diaz said. "I just pulled my car across, I blocked everybody in. She's not getting out, and no one else is."

Macri, of Sound Beach, was charged with DWI, Aggravated DWI with a child passenger 15 years or younger (Leandra's Law), four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Prosecutors said Macri was defiant at the scene, telling the officer, "I (expletive) hate you, you guys have to let me go. I didn't do anything. So what if I had a few drinks? That's what people my age do, you (expletive) loser."

Diaz said she was horrified at what she saw, and that she is happy the children are OK.

"It's a very small lot," she said. "There's one way in, one way out. So I just sat at the exit, waited for her to make her move. And when she decided to drive it out of the parking lot, I wouldn't let her. You just knew that she shouldn't have been driving."

Macri pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Friday. The girl's mother was in court but refused to comment as she left, though the family assured the judge that Macri would get treatment.

"She's responsible for four children," Diaz said, "Sh needs to act the way someone responsible for four children should act."

The judge issued an order of protection on behalf of the children, and her attorney said she was very remorseful.

Macri has no prior arrests.