A driver blew three times the legal blood alcohol limit in a four-car crash that injured a child in Hoppers Crossing, police said.
Police said an east-bound car collided with another car at the Old Geelong Road and Forsyth Road intersection during peak-hour traffic on Wednesday afternoon.
The east-bound car then collided into two more vehicles, causing one of the cars to roll down an embankment.
A woman and child were both taken to hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Police said the driver of the east-bound car, a 39-year-old Westmeadows man, returned a blood alcohol reading of .115.
He was charged with conduct endangering life, recklessly causing injury, manner dangerous and exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol.
He was released on summons to appear before a court at a later date.
Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.