Thursday, 26 April, 2018

TV presenter Ant fined and banned from driving

TV presenters Ant and Dec Ant McPartlin breaks silence after pleading guilty to drink driving: 'I let a lot of people down'
Nicole Thomas | 17 April, 2018, 02:16

District Judge Barnes told the court Ant McPartlin's breathalyser reading was twice the legal limit and said when deciding his sentence his weekly income of £130,000 came into consideration.

After canceling an episode of "Saturday Night Takeaway" following McPartlin's arrest, ITV resumed the series for its final two installments - including a finale filmed at Universal Orlando in Florida - with McPartlin's co-host, Declan Donnelly, presenting solo for the first time.

The judge told the court that Ant had showed "genuine remorse" after the incident.

His Mini was involved in a crash with two other cars in London last month while he was more than twice the legal limit.

Ant McPartlin has been fined £86,000, after he pleaded guilty to a single charge of drink driving today in Wimbledon Magistrates Court.

The other driver said, also in a witness statement: "Myself and my family were in deep shock as we believed we could have died as a result of Mr McPartlin's reckless driving".

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Ant's driving ban could be reduced to 15 months, provided he completes a referral programme by the middle of May next year. Higher standards are expected of me, I expect them of myself. "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".

"Anthony McPartlin is sorry and is doing everything he can to ensure this never happens again", McPartlin's barrister, Liam Walker, said. "I let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry". 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".

"I accept full culpability for this and wish to apologise to all those concerned".

Freeman jumped after the crash, before apologising to viewers and saying that "some cars have just crashed".

The 42-year-old has stepped away from his TV commitments, though he was on Britain's Got Talent over the weekend in footage recorded before he was charged.

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