Ant McPartlin given driving ban and £86k fine


"I'm truly sorry for what happened".

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".

McPartlin, who is half of presenting duo Ant and Dec for United Kingdom broadcaster ITV, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving March 18 after a collision in the London neighborhood of Richmond.

Speaking outside of court, Ant said: "I'm very sorry I did this".

The court also heard that he lost control of his vehicle before the collision with a witness statement from one of the other drivers stating the he and his wife 'could have died as a result of McPartlin's wreckless driving'. I am truly sorry.

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"He knows it is right that he's here and he hopes that which has led him here will eventually help him", the lawyer continued.

He referred to his client's "exemplary" character and charitable work: 'Mr McPartlin is lucky to have both family and long-time friends to support him'.

'But for good fortune, the consequences could have been worse.

Alison was part of the media circus waiting for Ant to deliver a statement after his hearing, in which he pleaded guilty to driving with 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. "He feels the guilt that is reflected in his plea".

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

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'I'd like to apologise to everybody involved in the crash, and I'm just thankful nobody was seriously hurt'.

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

In a statement read out in court, McPartlin said he "accepts full responsibility" for the incident.

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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