Novice drivers are said to have been drunk at the wheel at almost 140 km/h

Novice drivers are said to have been drunk at the wheel at almost 140 km/h

A learner driver discovered the penalties for speeding and drunk driving the hard way. Highway Patrol officials charged the 24-year-old with driving under the influence and exceeding the speed limit by more than 45 km/h.


NSW Police have suspended the Driving license of a 24-year-old learner driver and his supervising driver after they were supposedly discovered both driving under the influence of alcohol at 139 km/h in their Audi.

Highway Patrol officials claimed the vehicle was spotted “braking” in a 100 km/h zone on the M7 motorway in western Sydney in the early hours of November 12 at 139 km/h.

While the recorded speed was 39km/h over the advertised limit, learner license holders in New South Wales are limited to 90km/h.



After an initial roadside blood alcohol test returned a positive result for both occupants, they were escorted back to Mount Druitt Police Station, where the trainee reportedly returned a BAC result of 0.52, while the supervising driver reportedly returned a reading of 0.109.

The learner driver was accused of failing to display L plates, exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h and driving under the influence of alcohol – leading to the immediate suspension of his driving licence.

The supervising driver, a 24-year-old woman, was fined for “person with learner driver failing to prevent violation of the Highway Code” and charged with mid-range drunk driving as a supervisor. Her driver’s license was also confiscated and suspended.



Ben Zechariah

Ben Zachariah is a veteran Melbourne-based writer and motoring journalist who has worked in the automotive industry for over 15 years. Previously a truck driver, Ben completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021. He is considered an expert in the field of classic car investments.

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