Ant McPartlin pleads guilty to drink driving after vehicle crash

Ant McPartlin pleads guilty to drink driving after vehicle crash

3pm: TV presenter Ant McPartlin has been given a 20-month driving ban and fined £86,000 after pleading guilty at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court to drink driving.

"He hopes that in time he can make himself better and that he might be forgiven by all of the many people he knows and he feels he has let down terribly". "High standards are expected of me, I expect them of myself".

A van and 4X4 vehicle appear to have been left undamaged following the incident outside Wimbledon Magistrates' Court, but the third auto was left with a dented bumper and bonnet.

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

Speaking briefly outside the court after his sentencing, McPartlin said that he was 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 court heard that the driver of the other Mini said afterwards he thought he and his family were going to die in the collision. It has been distressing for myself and son, both have been in shock. It had greatly effected my private and work life'.

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McPartlin encountered a large crowd of photographers and reporters as he walked up the steps at the main court entrance, which was guarded by seven police officers.

Wearing a black, three-piece suit, white shirt and black tie, McPartlin stood in the glass dock in court, sporting a light beard.

In court, a letter was read out in which the presenter stated that was "ashamed and mortified" about the vehicle crash, and accepted full responsibility for what had happened.

Mrs Sinnett-Jones prosecuting said: 'The Crown's case is that the defendant was driving his black Mini coupe around a sharp bend when he lost control and collided with another green Mini Cooper. Members of the public called the police. He said: 'We were hit with considerable force... I let a lot of people down and for that I'm truly sorry'.

It is believed to be the highest such fine in British legal history.

The I'm A Celebrity presenter's weekly wage of £130,000 was also disclosed during the hearing.

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