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12 Year Old Arrested During Attempt To Drive From East To West Coast

He was stopped at Broken HIll.

23/04/2017 8:15 PM AEST | Updated 24/04/2017 6:01 AM AEST
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A 12-year-old boy has been arrested at Broken Hill during an attempt to drive from Kendall, near Port Macquarie NSW, to Perth, after completing about one-third of his journey.

Officers from Broken Hill Highway Patrol stopped the car on the Barrier Highway at 11am on Saturday. Police had observed defects, including a bumper dragging across the ground, which made the vehicle hazardous.

In a statement released Sunday afternoon, NSW Police said checks revealed the driver to be a 12-year-old boy travelling from the east coast of Australia to Perth.

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The 12-year-old started in Kendall to drive to Perth, but only made it to Broken Hill.

The boy was arrested and taken to Broken Hill Police Station. NSW Police say inquires are ongoing.

A police spokesperson told The Huffington Post Australia they are unable to provide more details, including who owns the vehicle, due to the age of the boy.

The arrest was made on day two of Operation "Go Slow", an initiative by NSW Police to target speeding, mobile phone use, alcohol and drug-affected drivers, fatigue, and seatbelt use. More than 83,000 breath tests have been conducted with 88 drink drivers charged.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said ultimately it is up to those behind the wheel, to drive safely to keep themselves and other road users safe.

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