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Learner drink-driver boosting hours

A hungry learner and his accompanying driver looking to boost the young driver's driving hours have both blown over the drink-driving limit.

On Friday, at about 3.30am, Pakenham police randomly intercepted the 16-year-old learner on the Princes Highway at Officer in Melbourne's outer south-east.

Both he and the accompanying driver, a woman aged 37, tested positive to preliminary breath tests.

On being taken back to Pakenham police station an evidentiary test showed a blood alcohol reading of .0.51 per cent for the boy and a 0.083 per cent reading for the woman.

A Victoria Police statement said: "When asked why he was driving, the L-Plater said they were headed to McDonalds and he wanted to boost his hours of driving practice."

The Officer pair are expected to be charged on summons with drink driving-related offences.

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