A man has been caught doing burnouts near a children's cricket game while a three-year-old child sat in the front seat in Victoria's south.

The driver, a 28-year-old Benalla man, was doing burnouts at a dirt car park and grass area, near an oval on Truemans Road, Rosebud West, just after 11am on Sunday.

Sergeant Steven Cuxson from Rosebud Police Station said the burnouts – which included a series of "figure eights" and "donuts" – lasted for about ten minutes, and took place near a children's cricket game.

"Although the majority of his driving was a distance away, he performed a dangerous, wheel-spinning U-turn close to where people were watching the cricket," Sergeant Cuxson said.

Sergeant Cuxson said the man could have easily lost control and ploughed into the children and spectators.

"He was driving near trees, in soft sand, where there was a definite risk of the vehicle flipping over".

The three-year-old, believed to be the man's child, was insecurely strapped into a car seat while the driver performed increasingly dangerous stunts.

Police arrested the man after they saw he was driving with a toddler who was seated in the front of the car.

"I think it's appalling behaviour by someone whose responsibility it is to look after their child," Sergeant Cuxson said.

"These were dangerous and stupid actions that endangered the life of a child, the life of others and his own life".

The car, a white Ford station wagon, was impounded for 30 days, and the man is expected to be charged on summons with conduct endangering life, as well as other traffic-related offences.