KENTFIELD (KPIX 5) – A nanny was arrested for allegedly driving drunk when she was about to pick up children from a Marin County elementary school Monday afternoon.
According to the California Highway Patrol, 46-year-old Nathalie Winn arrived at Bacich Elementary School on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Kentfield around 3 p.m.
Authorities said Winn repeatedly slammed her car into a sign, before she got out and staggered over to the kids. When she tried to put the children in her car, an eyewitness called police.
“I’m shocked,” said Maggie MacPherson, who rents a guest house to Winn. She told KPIX 5 that the nanny is a kind woman who has had alcohol issues and takes medication for a bad back.
MacPherson hopes the medication is what led to Monday’s incident. “If it is truly what’s happened, I just look at it as a backswing from something that is an illness,” she said.
An officer told KPIX 5 that Winn failed a field sobriety test and arrested her for driving drunk. It’s something that even an elementary student knows is not right.
“It’s horrible to drink and drive, especially if you have kids in the car, even just yourself,” said Kasey Hernandez, a student.
The children were returned safely to their parents. Police said Winn could also be charged with child endangerment.
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