Girl (12) blows three times legal limit

A 12-year-old Australian girl who was more than three times the blood alcohol limit had allegedly stolen a car from a retirement home before crashing it into a house fence.

Police say they found the stolen silver Ford wagon after it mounted a curb and crashed through a fence in Barton St in Mount Isa yesterday.

The 12-year-old girl allegedly blew a blood alcohol reading of 0.172 percent.

Mount Isa Police District Inspector Trevor Kidd said it was a fairly high reading for a person who wasn't even of the legal drinking age.

"It's concerning and it should be concerning for everyone," he said.

"Alcohol is obviously an issue in the community as it is across the state and parents need to be aware of where their children are and what they're doing.

"It's an unfortunate incident but it does happen and we need to address the situation of alcohol as a community as a whole." A police spokesman said the girl will be dealt with under the Juvenile Justice Act.

The child would be charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, unlicensed driving and driving under the influence of alcohol, he said.

She will appear in Mount Isa Children's Court on Tuesday.








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