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'Running Late For Church': Driver Caught With 10 Unrestrained Passengers, Including A Newborn, In His Car

A motorist has been busted allegedly driving with 10 unrestrained passengers in his van, including a newborn baby.

Officers from NSW Police intercepted the van on Saturday morning near Penrith, in Sydney's west.

It is believed there were only eight seats in van but there were 10 unrestrained passengers plus the driver, who was reportedly the only one wearing a seatbelt.

When asked why there were so many people in the van who were unrestrained, the 45-year-old male driver said they were "running late for church."

Police believe the passenger in the front seat, a 34-year-old woman, was not wearing a seat belt as were nine other passengers -- all children aged between one-month-old to 12 years old.

It is also alleged the 12-year-old girl had a two-year-old girl sitting on her lap while an 11-year-old girl was carrying a one-month-old in her arms. All four were not properly restrained.

The driver has been charged with 10 offences including driving with unrestrained passengers and will appear in court on March 19.

A child at risk notification has also been made.

Featured image via Traffic and Highway Patrol Command - NSW Police Force.