A BOY of 15 drove while drunk between Culcairn and Albury and courted disaster, police told the Albury Children’s Court yesterday.
The Culcairn boy had drank three cans of Jim Beam and cola at a friend’s house on July 6.
Although still too young for a driver’s licence, he drove his mother’s car from Culcairn to Albury in wet weather accompanied by his brother, 18, who also did not hold a driver’s licence.
About 10pm highway patrol officers spotted the boy driving on Racecourse Road at Lavington and stopped him for a random breath test, becoming suspicious seeing he was short and thin and produced student identification.
The boy denied drinking any alcohol, but a roadside breath test proved positive and he was arrested, a blood alcohol reading showing 0.049.
Magistrate Tony Murray put the boy on a 12-month bond without conviction and disqualified him from driving for eight months after he pleaded guilty to being a special category driver having the prescribed concentration of alcohol and never having held a driver’s licence.
Solicitor Sue Robery said the boy’s brother had led him astray.