While the Sheriff's Office identified the man as the child's father, authorities did not make public their relation to Nisse. According to Hillsborough County records, she has been married to Matthew Nisse since 2008, the Times reported. Pasco County property records list Matthew and Sarah Nisse owning a home in New Port Richey.
"Fire rescue was able to wake Sarah up through pain stimuli," according to her arrest report. "Sarah did not speak and only raised her middle finger when Fire Rescue was tending aid."
A breathalyzer test showed blood-alcohol readings of .276 and .272, more than three times the legal limit of .08, the Times reported.
Deputies said the 5-year-old was at risk of possible injury or death because there was a pond next to where the car was parked, WTSP reported.
"She’s literally 10 feet away from a lake," the girl’s father told 911. "I’m glad she did not drive into the lake."