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Cars Crash During News Broadcast Outside Ant McPartlin's Drink-Driving Trial

Cars Crash During News Broadcast Outside Ant McPartlin's Drink-Driving Trial

The court heard that Ant had 75mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - twice the legal limit.

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

TV presenter Ant McPartlin has been fined £86,000 at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court after admitting driving while more than twice the legal alcohol limit.

It said: 'Myself and my family were in deep shock as we believed we could have died as as a result of Mr McPartlin's reckless driving'.

District Judge Barbara Barnes ordered him to pay an £86,000 fine, and suspended him to a 20-month driving ban, which could be shortened to 15 months on completion of an awareness course.

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

In an unbelievable turn of events, there was a vehicle crash right outside the court where Ant McPartlin's drink drive case was going on today.




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. "I let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry".

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".

He told reporters outside court he was "truly sorry for what happened". And for that I am truly sorry.

"I accept full culpability for this and wish to apologise to all those concerned". "I'd like to apologize 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.

Ant has stepped away from all of his television roles since the accident in March, however, prerecorded episodes of Britain's Got Talent that Ant featured in will air as planned.


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