WOMAN CHARGED WITH HIGH RANGE DRINK DRIVING WHILE TRAVELLING WITH A CHILD

A woman’s been charged with high range drink driving, while a child was in the car in Maitland.

The 34-year-old was pulled over at a routine RBT stop on the New England Highway just before midday.

She allegedly returned a positive result and was taken to Maitland Police Station where she blew 0.227.

The 7-year-old boy was taken into the care of police until a family member could collect him.

Her license was suspended on the spot, and she was charged with high range drink driving.

Port Stephens-Hunter Police District’s Acting Inspector Kristin Marshall said officers are continually dumbfounded by people who drink driver while children are in the car.

“With Operation Merret and Operation Chrome both underway in the Northern Region, we are committed to having every road user reach their destination safely,” Insp Marshall said.

“It’s these kind of selfish decisions that could have fatal and harmful consequences. If you are too intoxicated to drive, you need to find alternative travel arrangements.

“We continue to implore the community to slow down, wear your seatbelt, avoid handling mobile phones and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue.”

She’ll face Maitland Local Court in September.