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Child drove car with five in back

PERCHED on top of a cushion, a 13-year-old girl sat behind the steering wheel of her grandfather's car.

The unlicensed juvenile took the Ford Falcon for a spin around Biloela with five kids aged between two and 14 in the back and 35-year-old Natasha Anne Punch in the passenger seat.

But the joy ride was short-lived.

Police intercepted the vehicle on Gladstone Rd.

Punch appeared in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday, pleading guilty to one charge of driving unlicensed for enabling the minor to drive.

Police prosecutor Matthew Heelan said the offence occurred on January 17 this year, after the girl asked her grandfather if she could drive his vehicle.

Mr Heelan said the grandfather asked Punch to accompany the girl.

Solicitor Hazel Martin said the defendant was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the offence.

She said Punch "didn't know why she did it".

Acting Magistrate Tom Bradshaw fined Punch $400.

IN COURT

Name: Natasha Anne Punch

Age: 35

Charge: Driving unlicensed

Plea: Guilty

Punishment: Fined $400.



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