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Child Reports Drunken Babysitter

November 18, 2002

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COVINGTON, La. (AP) _ A babysitter with five children in her car was arrested for drunken driving after she passed out at a rest stop and one of her charges, a 7-year-old girl, used a cell phone to call 911.

Linda Hebert, 40, of Picayune, Miss., was found slumped over the steering wheel Sunday and the car was still running, the St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s office said. The children were unhurt.

Hebert’s blood-alcohol level registered 0.27 on a breath test, well over the 0.10 limit, the report said. Deputies said they had to use pepper spray when Hebert became ``combative,″ and she remained jailed Monday.

Two of the children, ages 5 and 9, were Hebert’s. The others, 4, 6 and 7, were left in her care by a woman who expected Hebert to keep them in Picayune, more than 20 miles from the Interstate 12 rest stop near Covington where the car was found.

A passer-by at the rest stop let the 7-year-old call for help, authorities said.

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