A P-PLATE driver behind the wheel of a car stopped by police tried to get out of serious driving charges by claiming he hadn't been in the driver's seat before officers approached the car.
Posting on their Facebook page, police from the Richmond Local Area Command said officers pulled over a Green Honda Civic at Beech Street, Evans Head, about 1am on Saturday.
When the Civic stopped one of four passengers got out and walked quickly away from the car.
When the officers asked the 20-year-old man in the driver's seat for his license, he answered "What for? I'm not driving, the driver just ran off into the bush".
That line didn't get the man very far.
He was breathalised and gave a positive reading before being arrested and taken to Evans Head Police Station.
Once there, the man was charged with mid-range drink driving and not complying with the conditions of his licence.
As a P1 provisional licence holder, the man was not allowed to drive with more than one passenger under the age of 21 in his car after 11pm.
Police said he had two 17-year-olds in the car with him.
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