Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Ant given driving ban and fine after pleading guilty to drink-driving

Ant given driving ban and fine after pleading guilty to drink-driving

Today, he has been ordered to pay what is believed to be the biggest ever drink-drive fine in Britain after he was caught more than double the legal limit in a vehicle crash.

The ITV presenter said outside court: "Can I say a few words?"

While reporting outside the Wimbledon Magistrates' Court for the sentencing of Ant McPartlin, reporter Allison Freeman heard two cars involved in a collision live on TV.

It was in heard in court that the 42-year-old had been twice the legal drink drive limit when the incident happened.

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The driver of one, reading a witness statement, said that his auto "came round the corner like a rocket".

McPartlin was also banned from driving for 20 months and had requested to do a drink driving course, which if he completed would reduce the ban to 15 months.

The driver of the Mini auto said afterwards, the court heard, that they thought they would die in the collision.

The charge states he had 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit in the United Kingdom is 35mg per 100ml of breath. "He hopes that in time he can make himself better and he might be forgiven by all the people he feels he has let down so terribly".

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I just want to say I'm truly sorry for what happened. "I'm ashamed and mortified that this happened".

'I accept full culpability for this and wish to apologise to all those concerned'. "Higher standards are expected of me. For that I'm truly sorry". I am truly sorry.

He added that he was thankful "no-one had been hurt" in the three-car crash, which occurred in Richmond, London, on 18th March.

After he was charged, ITV announced Ant would step down from his TV commitments on Saturday Night Takeaway, with co-presenter and BFF Declan Donnelly hosting the final two episodes of the show in Florida on his own.

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McPartlin appeared alongside Donnelly on TV screens over the weekend as Britain's Got Talent aired its pre-recorded audition shows.

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