A mom was found drunk in the parking lot of the Sesame Place theme park, according to police.
The woman, who was with her six-year-old daughter at the time, allegedly blew a.339 on the breathalyzer. In Pennyslvania, as is most states,.08 is the BAC legal limit.
Police intervened when a driver flagged down officers to report someone who "appeared incoherent" in the Sesame Place parking lot. The woman, 36, allegedly passed out briefly and fell to the ground after trying to put a stroller into the trunk of her car.
Sesame Place is a theme park in Bucks County, Pa, based on the popular Sesame Street TV program.
The woman told police she was a diabetic, and responding EMTs checked her blood sugar, which turned out to be normal. After blowing the.339, the woman reportedly admitted that she had imbibed some vodka earlier in the day.
According to court documents, a police officer on the scene in the incident that occurred earlier this month indicated that "there was no way [she] could have cared for her child safely. I don't know if [the mom] drove to Sesame Place in her present condition, however, if she and her daughter were going to go into the park they would have had to cross North Buckstown Road and at this hour traffic in that area is heavy."
The woman faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering another person, and public drunkeness. She is due back in court on July 31.
The family-friendly Sesame Place venue, where Big Bird and Bert and Ernie among others hang out, actually applied for a liquor license in February 2001, but decided to withdraw the application about a month later after strong opposition from local officials. Said one official at the time, "if parents are drunk in the park with their kids, there's no prohibition to prevent something serious from happening. People who are drinking have less inhibitions, and the park is crowded."
Sesame Place gets about one million visitors each year.
[image credit: Shawn Collins]