Not Mary Poppins: Oregon nanny arrested for DUI with 4 kids in car

Here is a story about an Oregon nanny who nearly sideswiped a bicyclist and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol over three times the legal limit with four kids in her vehicle.


A 29-year-old nanny is accused of sideswiping a cyclist while driving drunk with four children in her vehicle.

Jennifer M. Baker was issued several citations Monday afternoon that include driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, hit and run, criminal mischief and multiple counts of reckless endangering, records show. Portland Police said Baker was driving her gold, 2000 Saturn LS in the area of Northeast 53th Avenue and Northeast Alameda Street when she sideswiped a bicyclist.

Witnesses to the crash said Baker was traveling at a high rate of speed. Investigators believe the 40-year-old cyclist was on the far right side of the road traveling eastbound on NE Alameda St. near NE 53rd Ave. Witnesses said Baker’s vehicle veered into the bicyclist. He was knocked off the bike, but was not seriously hurt. A representative with the Bureau of Emergency Communications on Monday said the cyclist declined medical attention that afternoon.

A married couple who witnessed the crash while traveling the opposite direction of Baker on NE Alameda St. told police it appeared she was speeding. KOIN has learned the couple turned their vehicle around and followed Baker. The couple told police Baker’s vehicle finally stopped at the intersection of NE 56th Ave. and NE Alameda. When approached, Baker was in the driver’s seat and appeared disoriented.

When police arrived, they found four kids on the standing on the sidewalk. The children, whose ages range from 6-9 years old, were upset and crying, police said. KOIN 6 News is not identifying the children or their parents because the case has been extremely emotional. For this report, KOIN spoke independently with the parents.

The parents acknowledged Baker served as the nanny for the four families.

“We felt like we had checked her out well,” a mother said. “We felt like we had known her well and had never seen the slightest indication that there might be this danger.”…

“It was one of the reasons that we felt like she would be a good person to hire,” the parent said.

Investigators have told the parents that Baker was highly intoxicated while driving their children home from school. Officials declined to release her specific blood alcohol content, but KOIN has learned it was more than three times the legal limit…

“We know that they (the children) were terribly frightened by what happened in the car,” a mother said.

According to a parent of one of the children, Baker started crying on the drive home from school. At one point during the drive, Baker stopped the vehicle and likely passed out, the families said. Officials said Baker later woke up and started driving again at a high rate of speed when she hit the bicyclist. The parents said the children were alarmed with Baker’s behavior while riding in the car. When the vehicle stopped the second time, all four children got out. One of the children approached an adult and asked for a cell phone to call the other parents, a boy’s mother said. Portland Fire and Rescue confirms firefighters responded to check on the physical wellbeing of the children. All appeared physically OK, a fire official said.

Paramedics were called to check on Baker who was unresponsive behind the wheel when Portland police found her. According one of the witnesses, who talked with police on scene, Baker was struggling with both firefighters and paramedics in the ambulance. She was eventually restrained and transported to Portland Providence Medical Center in Northeast Portland.

Baker’s criminal record shows she was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada July 28, 2011 for driving under the influence of intoxicants. Court records in Washington County Circuit Court show she was arrested for DUII on March 7, 2013.

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