Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Ant McPartlin hit with fine and ban after drink-driving incident

Ant McPartlin hit with fine and ban after drink-driving incident

In a statement, read by his lawyer, he apologised for his actions and said he was "ashamed and mortified" by what he had done.

The charge stated that the presenter had 75mg of alcohol in his breath at the time of the incident, which is double the legal limit.

Ant's driving ban could be reduced to 15 months, provided he completes a referral programme by the middle of May next year.

A three-vehicle pile up was caught live on BBC News as they reported on Ant McPartlin's court hearing for drink-driving.

The legal alcohol limit is 35mg per 100ml of breath meaning McPartlin was over twice the limit when he crashed his Mini into two cars in Richmond, south west London, leaving a four-year-old girl in hospital.

The fine was in accordance to the TV star's £130,000 weekly earnings.

Inside the court, as she handed down her sentence, District Judge told McPartlin: "You were a man of good have lost that good character".

Speaking briefly outside the court following sentencing McPartlin said: "I just want to say I'm truly sorry for what happened".

McPartlin, who lives in Chiswick, west London, was arrested at around 4pm on March 18 after a failing a roadside breathalyser test following a collision between the Mini he was driving and two other cars.

"I accept full culpability for this and wish to apologise to all those concerned".

The court was told that that Mr McPartlin was receiving treatment for "alcohol and emotional issues".

After he was charged, ITV announced the Saturday Night Takeaway host would step back from his TV commitments, with co-presenter of nearly 30 years Declan Donnelley hosting the final two episodes of the show on his own.

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