Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Ant McPartlin breaks silence after pleading guilty to drink-driving charge

Ant McPartlin breaks silence after pleading guilty to drink-driving charge

As media descended on Wimbledon Magistrates' Court for Ant McPartlin's drink-driving hearing, one reporter was interrupted by a vehicle crash.

Ant was found to be twice the legal limit when he crashed his auto into two other vehicles in South London on March 21.

Prosecutor Katie Sinnett-Jones told Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Monday that the incident happened at around 3.50pm when McPartlin drove his Mini around a "sharp bend and lost control" then ended up on the wrong side of the road.

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

The driver of the other Mini said afterwards that he thought he and his family were going to die in the collision.

The court heard that Ant had 75mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - twice the legal limit, according to The Telegraph. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

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The court ordered him to pay a fine of £86,000, which works out as around 4.5 days wages for the presenter.

The prosecution said that Mr McPartlin had apologised to police for his actions and admitted that he has a problem with alcohol and "emotional issues".

In a statement read out to the court he described himself as "ashamed and mortified" by what he did, and accepted that as a person in the public eye, higher levels of behaviour are expected of him.

His defence barrister Liam Walker also said 42-year-old Ant had suffered a "brief relapse" - which his mum had no idea about - and he "hopes he can be forgiven by the many people he has let down". For that I'm truly sorry'. He added: "I would like to apologise to everybody involved in the crash and I am just thankful that nobody was seriously hurt in this".

The Newcastle native stood down from all of his TV commitments to return to rehab last month, having sought treatment previous year for an addiction to prescription pain killers.

It's also been confirmed that Dec will be presenting Britain's Got Talent alone when the live shows air later this year - although Ant will still feature in its pre-recorded auditions.

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