During a routine patrol along Surfers Paradise’s Esplanade at 3am a police cruiser noticed a car driving slowly with no headlights and pulled it over to find out what was going on. The two officers found the young boy at the wheel of the car and (presumably) the child’s father lying passed out in the passenger seat.

The situation would be a comical one, if it weren’t so embarrassing. Under questioning the 41-year-old man revealed that he was in fact from New South Wales not from Queensland, thus ruining all of my jokes.

“A man has been charged with serious traffic offences after police intercepted a car allegedly being driven by a seven-year-old boy at Surfers Paradise in the early hours of this morning,” police said in a statement today.

‘Serious traffic offences’ seems to be a bit of an understatement in this particular case. The charges laid against the boy’s father include dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and being an adult in charge under the influence of alcohol.

The young boy is under the care of relatives.

Quite how the young boy came to be driving his father home from the pub at three in the morning hasn’t yet been revealed. It seems likely that the man dragged the kid out on the town with him and then, having drunk too much, decided it would be a good idea to have him drive in his stead.

He’s obviously not taught the boy very well though, because turning your headlights on is night driving 101.

Some people really shouldn’t be allowed to breed.

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