Unlicensed driver charged after racing baby son to hospital

Father rushing baby son to hospital due to no ambulances being available is charged with driving unlicensed

  • A father driving while unlicensed claimed he was rushing his baby to hospital 
  • Slade Watson said he and his fiancé were concerned about their son’s breathing 
  • He drove after being told an ambulance would take 45 minutes to arrive 

A young father who was caught driving while unlicensed has claimed he was rushing his baby son to the hospital after a health scare. 

Slade James Watson, 25, from Deception Bay north of Brisbane was pulled over by police about 1.45pm on November 10 last year. 

He made the decision to drive despite having no license after his son was having breathing problems and he was told an ambulance could take 45 minutes to arrive, he told Caboolture Magistrates Court on Tuesday. 

‘I just had to save my son. I knew I would get in trouble… but I just had to do it,’ Watson told the court, reports The Caboolture Shire Herald. 

Slade Watson (pictured) said he was rushing his baby to hospital when he was pulled over for unlicensed driving 

He said he and his fiancé were were worried about their son’s breathing on November 10, 2021 before he drove. 

Watson has a substantial criminal and traffic record, has done multiple stints in jail since he turned 18, and battled mental illness, the court heard. 

Magistrate Andrew Hackett said he understood the situation would have been a ‘moral emergency’. 

Watson, who works in security, pleaded guilty to unlicensed driving and was fined $300 and disqualified for driving for one month. 

No conviction was recorded. 

Watson (pictured) pleaded guilty to unlicensed driving and was fined $300 and disqualified from driving for a month 

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