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Drunk father caught riding motorbike with toddler: police

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Megan Levy

Police say it was fortunate no one was injured or killed when a father was allegedly caught riding an unregistered motorbike while drunk with his two-year-old son tucked under his arm in Sydney's south-west on the weekend.

Officers who tried to stop the 27-year-old at Heckenberg on Saturday night said they initially thought he was carrying a bag.

But when they arrested the man after a short chase, they allegedly found him carrying his son, who was not injured.

Police said the man failed a roadside breath test, and was taken under police guard to Liverpool Hospital, where he underwent blood tests.

A NSW Police spokesman said the results of those blood tests were not yet known.

"Obviously it was a very serious incident that could have been dramatically worse," the spokesman said.

"Police are continuing with their investigation, but it could have been a terrible result all around."

Police said officers first saw the motorbike at the intersection of St Johns Road and South Liverpool Road at Heckenberg at 9.45pm on Saturday.

The rider was not wearing a helmet, the motorbike's lights were not turned on and the motorbike was not registered, police said.

 The officers followed the motorbike on to St Johns Road and turned on their lights and sirens, after which police allege the man rode on to the footpath, dropped the motorbike and tried to run away.

After a short foot chase, officers arrested the man on Karoola Street.

Police say they are investigating the man for several alleged offences, including riding under the influence of alcohol, riding while disqualified, riding in a manner dangerous, riding an unregistered motorbike and hindering police.

He has not yet been charged.

The boy is now being cared for by his mother, and police have alerted welfare authorities.

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