Architect fined over DUI bust
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.