Toddler drives drunk mother
A three-year-old was caught driving a car down the main street of Ngaruawahia on August 7.
He was sitting unbuckled in the lap of his mother, who when tested was more than three times the legal alcohol limit.
When questioned by police about her actions, the mother just shrugged it off.
The incident, which has left police stunned at the driver’s stupidity, unfolded on a sunny Sunday afternoon when a car swerved across the median line and into the path of an oncoming police patrol car.
The driver - a 31-year-old Ngaruawahia woman - was drunk behind the wheel with her threeyear-old son perched on her knees grasping the wheel and directing the car. It was unclear if he could even see over it.
He was perched on her knees, unbuckled and steering the wheel, police say.
Waikato police western area commander Naila Hassan was gobsmacked with the woman’s behaviour.
‘‘When she was picked up she didn’t display any concern for her son’s welfare,’’
‘‘He was on her lap, on the road with her drunk.’’
After doing a speedy U-turn among a throng of traffic on Great South Rd, police stopped the woman’s car and found the scenario only got worse, Hassan said.
A breath-test revealed an alcohol level of 867mcg - almost four times the legal driving limit of 250mcg of alcohol per litre of breath.
And in the backseat - a group of teens. But that wasn’t all. As a result of two previous drink driving offences, the woman had already lost her licence and was attempting to get it back, Hassan said.
She was issued with an on the spot 28 day loss of licence.
‘‘This is 5pm on a Sunday - a high risk time, in a high risk location with a three-year-old on her lap. We could have lost a little kiddie.’’
‘‘It is just shocking, irresponsible behaviour that puts everyone’s lives at risk on the road.’’
Had the patrol car not been in the ‘‘right place at the right time’’ it could have been fatal, Hassan said.
‘‘It’s just disappointing that there are still people out there on the roads making such poor decisions - some people just don’t get it.’’