A father has been banned from driving after allowing his seven-year-old son to drive him home after a late night drinking session.
Police patrolling around Australia’s Gold Coast stopped a car after spotting a “small person” behind the wheel.
They found its owner, 42-year-old Peter Sivewright, slumped in the front passenger seat, with his son behind the wheel, sobbing hysterically.
The panicked youngster reportedly pleaded with police, saying: “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, please don’t take me and my dad to jail.”
Police prosecutor Bob Falconer told Southport Magistrates Court that officers had initially been suspicious of Sivewright’s Ford Falcon after seeing it drive along a main road with no lights on.
The irresponsible father confessed to police at the scene that he had allowed his son to drive the two and a half mile journey from a bar to their hotel, in the popular Gold Coast area.
Magistrates heard that Sivewright was found to be four times over the legal drink-drive limit. He was later banned from driving for 21 months after admitting drink driving and dangerously operating a car.
He was spared a custodial sentence after psychological reports detailed that he had lost several members of his close family in the months running up to the incident.
Magistrate Paul Johnstone said: “I accept…within a short period of time you have been devastated and traumatised by the loss of your wife, both parents, grandmother and several close friends…and this had led you on a downward spiral into alcoholism,” reported the Gladstone Observer.