P-plater drank 15 cans of beer and went driving with a child on his lap

A P-PLATE driver will face court later this month after police allegedly caught him drink driving with a ten-year-old boy on his lap in Lithgow.

Highway Patrol officers pulled up beside the man’s white Toyota Camry as it was exiting the car park of a fast-food restaurant on Main Street.

Police will allege the driver and child were strapped beneath the same seat belt, which meant neither was properly restrained, and the child’s hands appeared to be on the steering wheel.

Officers observed four additional passengers inside the car – a woman in the front, and three other children in the back seat.

Police breath-tested the 20-year-old provisional licence holder, who returned an allegedly positive result.

He was arrested and taken to Lithgow Police Station, where a breath analysis returned an alleged reading of 0.133.

The man told police he had consumed about 15 cans of full-strength beer.

Police charged the man with drive with middle-range PCA.

He was also given traffic infringement notices for the offences of driver not properly restrained; child not restrained as prescribed; and not displaying P plates on his vehicle.

The Katoomba man was issued with a field court attendance notice to appear in Lithgow Local Court on  August 28.

His driver’s licence has been suspended.

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