Ant McPartlin To Appear In Court To Face Drink-Driving Charge

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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.

The presenter faced a scrum of photographers and reporters as he walked up the steps to Wimbledon Magistrates' Court this afternoon to answer to the charge against him.

The collision in Richmond, South West London, involved two other cars, with one of them carrying a four-year-old girl who needed hospital treatment.

Ant pleaded guilty to drink driving, and was fined £86,000 and given a 20-month ban.

In a statement read in court by Ms Sinnett-Jones, the driver 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".

Inside the courtroom, he spoke only to confirm his name, age, address and nationality before pleading guilty to a single charge of drink-driving.

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

'Higher standards are expected of me - I expect them of myself.

He said: "I just wanted to say that I am truly sorry for what happened". And for that I am truly sorry.

His defence barrister Liam Walker also said 42-year-old Ant had suffered a "brief relapse" - which his mum had no idea about - and he "hopes he can be forgiven by the many people he has let down". I am truly sorry.

"I'd like to apologise to everyone involved in the crash and I'm just thankful that nobody was seriously hurt".

The TV presenter was found to be twice over the legal limit last month...

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!"

But ITV confirmed Donnelly will be hosting the live shows without his TV partner of nearly 30 years.

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