Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Ant McPartlin admits drink driving charge

Ant McPartlin admits drink driving charge

Former television presenter Ant McPartlin has been fined £86,000 (€99,500) and banned from driving for 20 months after admitting driving while having more than twice the legal alcohol limit in his system. He was found to be more than twice over the drink driving limit at the time of the accident.

In a statement, Ant said: "I'm very sorry I did this".

"Higher standards are expected of me. For that I'm truly sorry".

'I would like to apologise to everybody involved in the crash and I am just thankful that nobody was seriously hurt in this'.

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The star stepped back from his on screen commitments to return to rehab last month, having sought treatment a year ago for an addiction to prescription pain killers.

Lastly, Ant has been allowed to attend a drink drive referral scheme which will reduce his ban to 15 months if he attends it by 16th May 2019.

Describing the incident as "a brief relapse unbeknownst to his passenger", they added: "Anthony McPartlin is sorry".

In summary, District Judge Barnes said she had to "consider the seriousness and gravity" of the offence but noted that Ant had shown "genuine remorse" and had taken "immediate action" to address his issues.

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Prosecutor Katie Sinnett-Jones told the court that McPartlin lost control on a sharp bend on the Lower Richmond Road. He collided with a green Mini coming the other way and then swerved into the path of a BMW, smashing into it head-on.

McPartlin's barrister said his client had been seeking help for "alcohol and emotional issues" at the time of the crash, adding that his mother was in the auto with him.

'As there was no movement from the driver of the black Mini I thought he might have died.

McPartlin and Donnelly are among the best-known presenters on British TV, fronting primetime entertainment formats for ITV such as "Saturday Night Takeaway", "Britain's Got Talent" and "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!".

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At the time a statement from McPartlin's publicist added: "Ant has chose to go back into treatment and step down from his current TV commitments".

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