published Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

New Jersey police: Nanny was passed out drunk, fled home, crashed her car into a fire hydrant

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Authorities say a New Jersey nanny passed out drunk while she was supposed to be watching a little boy, then fled and crashed her car into a fire hydrant when his mother got home.

Toms River Township police say 50-year-old Susan Porfido-Gibson, of Berkeley Township, was captured after the car crash. She's charged with child endangerment and drunken driving, and also received numerous motor vehicle citations. She was in jail on $50,000 bail and couldn't be reached for comment Saturday. It wasn't clear if she had a lawyer.

Police say her blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit when she was arrested Friday.

Authorities say the child's mother hired Porfido-Gibson through a child care website and left her son with Porfido-Gibson on Friday morning. When the mother returned home in the early afternoon, authorities say, she found Porfido-Gibson passed out on the floor and her crying son with a soiled diaper.

When Porfido-Gibson came to, authorities say, she ran out the front door, stumbling and mumbling unintelligibly, then drove off. A short time later, police say, her car struck a fire hydrant and dislodged it from the ground.

Authorities say three empty bottles of alcohol were found in her car, which had moderate front end damage.

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