Father Accused of Driving While High on Drugs With Two Young Daughters in Back Seat

Janita Kan
By Janita Kan
March 4, 2018World News
Father Accused of Driving While High on Drugs With Two Young Daughters in Back Seat
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A father was arrested and charged after he crashed a car outside a Sydney police station on Saturday, March 3, while carrying two young children and allegedly high on drugs, according to a police statement.

Matt Holford, 29, was driving his ute at about 10:30 p.m. in Mt Druitt in Sydney’s west when he failed to stop after a collision at the intersection of Duke Street and Luxford Road.

He continued to drive along Luxford Road where he allegedly almost hit an officer and police car, before mounting the curb and stopping on the footpath outside the police station, according to the police statement.

A witness told 7News: “The ute was inside and he was trying to get out very quickly.”

During Holford’s arrest, police officers noticed two small girls — aged five and seven — unrestrained in the back seat of the car in a distressed state. The two girls were found without injuries and the incident has been reported to Family and Community Services (FACS), according to police.

The 29-year-old was taken to Mt Druitt Hospital for mandatory drug testing where his results are pending. He was then taken into custody at the police station.

This was Holford’s second encounter with police that day. Earlier, he was on travelling on the New England Highway at Liddell in the Hunter Valley at around 11.50 a.m. when he was stopped by police.

After a positive roadside drug test, Holford was arrested and taken to Muswellbrook Police Station. A secondary test was conducted which also returned a positive result and was sent for further analysis, according to police.

He was subsequently issued with a suspension notice prohibiting him from driving for 24 hours and then left the station in a taxi, according to police.

However, police allege the 29-year-old failed to comply with the prohibition when he took his ute and drove to Sydney while allegedly high on drugs.

He was charged with driving recklessly and negligently, and for failure to comply with a prohibition.

Holford was refused bail after appearing at Parramatta Bail Court on March 4.

The two young girls are now with family, while their father remains in jail, reported 7News.


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