Ant McPartlin has been sentenced after pleading guilty to drink-driving

Bessie Dean
April 17, 2018

Seven uniformed police are forming a cordon outside Wimbledon Magistrates where TV presenter Ant McPartlin appeared on a drink driving charge.

He was charged after allegedly being involved in a collision with two other cars while driving his Mini in Richmond, London, on 18 March.

She read a statement by another driver involved in the smash who feared their family could have died.

A drink driving conviction could lead to a driving ban of at least a year, an unlimited fine and up to six months in prison.

McPartlin's driving ban can be reduced to 15 months if he completes a drink drive referral programme by mid-May 2019.

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

In a statement to police, Ant apologised for his actions, which he said have left him "ashamed and mortified".

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As well as the huge fine, Ant will pay pay £255 in costs. "He hopes that in time he can make himself better and he might be forgiven by all the people he feels he has let down so terribly".

"High standards are expected of me, I expect them of myself".

Speaking outside of court, Ant said: "I'm very sorry I did this". He is now undergoing treatment for his alcohol issues.

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

"This incident happened, sadly, when it seems you suffered a brief relapse".

He has now stepped down from his role as a host on Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain's Got Talent which have been hosted by his TV partner and close friend Declan Donnelly.

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.

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