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31 May 2023

Toddler hidden under luggage to escape fine


Passengers in an overcrowded car in Melbourne tried to hide an unrestrained toddler when an officer pulled them over for speeding, police say.

Patrol officers allegedly spotted the five-seater vehicle on the Monash Freeway on Sunday evening travelling nearly 30km/h over the speed limit.

When the 46-year-old driver was pulled over in the inner eastern suburb of Glen Iris, an officer saw there were six people inside, including a two-year-old child who was not wearing a seat belt.

Police say the passengers had even tried to hide the child under some luggage.

The driver then told police that he was heading to the airport and they couldn't find a babysitter, police say.

His car has been impounded for 30 days under Victoria's anti-hoon legislation and he's expected to face a variety of traffic charges, including speeding and driving with unrestrained passengers.