Gold Coast lawyer busted driving 6x legal alcohol limit with 10yo daughter in car

A Gold Coast lawyer has been busted driving more than six times the legal alcohol limit with his 10-year-old daughter in the car.

Lawyer Malcolm John McBratney, 42, was arrested after he recorded an alarming 0.326 blood alcohol reading following a drive to a seafood shop in Paradise Point on August 31, 2015.

Appearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court, Mcbratney was fined $1000 and banned from getting behind the wheel of a car for a year after pleading guilty to driving under the influence.


The court heard horrifying details of the incident, including how a witness saw the young girl getting into the drivers seat of the white BMW vehicle before a bystander stepped in and confiscated the keys.

CCTV footage from the takeaway shop also showed the young girl guiding her father to a seat and helping him pay for food.

Magistrate Anne Thacker said it was one of the highest-range drink driving cases she has ever seen.

“You posed a very high level of danger to other road users and placed a 10-year-old in a very serious position.”

“You should not be driving for a long period of time,” she told him.