You're 16, you're driving a car around a roundabout the wrong way and police pull you over with a blood-alcohol limit of almost three times the legal limit.
And your first response to police?
“Come on mate. It's New Year's Eve.”
This is what a teenager allegedly told police early yesterday after he was pulled over in Wodonga with three teenage mates in the car, The Border Mail reports.
It was one case among a litany of stupid behaviour on the roads during new-year celebrations, including a P-plater in Bright who blew .204 and an Albury youth, 15, allegedly driving while two friends were in the tray of a utility.
Wodonga police Sergeant Wal Larkin said police had received several reports of an erratic driver in Wodonga about 6am.
The Mitsubishi Sigma was seen driving the wrong way around the roundabout at the intersection of Melrose Drive and Melbourne Road.
Sergeant Larkin said police had pulled the car over and found the teenager who was driving had three passengers, aged either 18 or 19.
He said the driver was “noticeably intoxicated” and a breath test had returned a reading of .141.
Sergeant Larkin said the unlicensed teenager in the unregistered car had asked to be let off saying: “Come on mate, it's New Year's Eve”.
Sergeant Larkin was not impressed.
“It's frustrating because of the level of his intoxication and the risks of injury or worse for other innocent road users was extreme,” Sergeant Larkin said.
The teenager will be charged on summons with exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol, unlicensed driving, driving an unregistered car and disobeying road signs.
Bright police intercepted a teenager driving with more than four times the legal blood alcohol limit.
Leading Senior Constable Mick Guiney said police had seen the 18-year-old tourist, who only got his P-plate licence four months ago, doing a burn-out in Gavin Street.
The teenager's breath test returned a reading of .204.
“That gives a new meaning to the words bloody idiot,” Leading Senior Constable said.
The teenager's car was impounded for 30 days and he will be charged with exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol and possibly dangerous driving.