A man who drove past a police station with three unrestrained kids in the car while three times over the limit has walked away with a fine
A man who drove past a police station with three unrestrained kids in the car while three times over the limit has walked away with a fine

Drink-driver caught outside police station with unrestrained kids

A DRINK-DRIVER who drove past a police station with three unrestrained children in the car while more than triple the blood alcohol limit has walked away with a fine.

Darwin Local Court heard Narron Milner, 30, was driving past the Adelaide River police station on the Stuart Hwy on the evening of March 29, 2016, when he was pulled over to the side of the road by police for a random breath test.

When asked by police to produce his driver's licence, Milner - who has never held a licence in any state or territory - told police: "I don't have one."

The officers noticed the three children, two 3-year-olds and a 9-year-old, were not wearing seatbelts, with one of the toddlers sitting on the front seat passenger's lap.

Milner was arrested and returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.173.

When asked if he had an emergency reason for driving intoxicated and without a licence, he replied: "To get home."

When asked if he had an emergency reason for driving the car with the three unrestrained children on board, he said: "I dunno."

Milner was fined $1200 and disqualified for driving for 12 months.

Milner's sentencing comes just days after police in Katherine were left shaking their heads in disbelief when a motorist returned a breath test reading of 0.171 at 11am on December 28.

In this separate incident, the 42-year-old driver allegedly had an open can of beer and an unrestrained six-year-old child in the car before he was pulled over.

After the charges were laid, Detective Sergeant Ian Kennon said he was shocked by the disturbing incident.

"It is disturbing to find people driving that drunk at that time of morning, especially when they put the lives of young children at risk," he said.

"There's simply no excuse for getting behind the wheel after you've been drinking."

He has been charged with high-range drink driving, driving with an unrestrained child and driving uninsured and unregistered.

He is expected to appear in court at a later date.



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