DARWIN, Australia (AP) — An Australian driver who secured a carton of beer in his car with a seat belt but left a 5-year-old child unrestrained was fined $710.
Constable Wayne Burnett said he was “shocked and appalled” when he pulled over the unregistered car on Friday in the central Australian town of Alice Springs.
The 30-can carton was strapped in between the two adults sitting in the back seat of the car. The child was also in back, on the vehicle’s floor.
“The child was sitting in the lump in the center, unrestrained,” Burnett told reporters Tuesday.
“I haven’t ever seen something like this before,” he said. “This is the first time that the beer has taken priority over a child.”