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Drunk L-plater did not learn after crash

Learner driver Lachlan Hayward
Learner driver Lachlan Hayward

LEARNER driver Lachlan Haywood rolled his dad's car drink driving.

Just weeks later he was grabbed by police driving illegally with a baby and two kids unrestrained in his two-seat ute.

One was an 18-month-old infant being nursed by its mother. And two toddlers were in the cabin space behind the front bucket seats.

Haywood, 18, a farm worker, was fined $1688 after pleading guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to nine charges from two lots of traffic offences in February and June.

He pleaded to being a Learner driver at Rosedale on February 27 and failing to be under the direction of a qualified driver; not having Learner plates displayed; and drink driving.

He also pleaded guilty to being a Learner driver who drove in North Bundaberg on June 27 (not under the direction of a qualified driver); not having L-plates displayed; two counts of driving with a passenger who was not in part of the cabin designed for passengers; failing to ensure a child over 6 months but under 4 years was in a child restraint; and contravening a police direction to produce a valid licence.

Prosecutor, Senior Constable Andrew Blunt said Haywood was driving his father's car from Baffle Creek to Rosedale on February 27 when it rolled onto its side before landing back on its wheels.

Haywood told police he drank six alcoholic drinks. A test taken at hospital gave a reading of 0.098. He also tested positive to cannabis.

Police facts of the offences on June 27 was Haywood was driving a single cab ute and inside was an adult female (not licensed) who was holding an unrestrained infant.

There was no baby capsule or child restraint.

Court heard he was taking them to Moore Park and police at the scene had discussed with Haywood the potential risk of a fatality.

"I've stuffed up," Haywood told the court.

Magistrate, Belinda Merrin said she thought he would have learnt his lesson after crashing the car after drinking.

"What was your thought processes," she asked him about having unrestrained toddlers in his ute.

Ms Merrin said he could be jailed, saying his actions had been "stupidity".

Haywood was disqualified for four months and fined $1688.

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