Ar­chi­tect fined over DUI bust

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A “SE­NIOR” ar­chi­tect busted driv­ing his sports car past the Dar­win Lo­cal Court at more than three times the le­gal al­co­hol limit has been taken off the road for 12 months.

The Lo­cal Court heard Palmer­ston man Adam Heath Pren­tice, 42, was driv­ing his 2005 black Audi TT coupe along Ben­nett St on Septem­ber 1 this year when he was stopped for a road­side breath test about 4.45am.

When tested by po­lice, Pren­tice, who had a pas­sen­ger in the ve­hi­cle at the time, recorded a blood al­co­hol read­ing of 0.175.

The court heard Pren­tice vol­un­teered his ar­chi­tec­ture skills for the good of the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing help­ing de­sign Dar­win’s Is­lamic Cen­tre.

In con­vict­ing Pren­tice of high-range drink driv­ing, Judge Dick Wal­lace said it was un­com­mon but not rare for some­one of such previous good char­ac­ter to come be­fore the court.

“You have low­ered your guard and made the stupid de­ci­sion to drive when you’d had far too much to drink,” he said.

“I re­ally hope you have learned your les­son and it ap­pears that you have.”

Pren­tice was fined $500 and or­dered to pay a $150 vic­tim as­sis­tance levy and his li­cence was sus­pended for one year.

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