Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Ant McPartlin fined £86k for drink-driving

Ant Mcpartlin Court Appearance

Ant seen outside court (Picture: Alexander Crawley)

LONDON: The 42-year-old TV presenter appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on Monday, flanked by security as he attended Wimbledon Magistrates Court on Monday morning, looking sombre in a black tie and black three-piece suit.

The 42-year-old was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £86,000 after pleading guilty to driving while more than twice the legal limit.

Prosecutor Katie Sinnett-Jones told the court McPartlin was driving around a ‘sharp bend and lost control’ during the crash as he collided with another Mini Cooper before driving, according to Sinnett Jones, ‘straight into the front of an oncoming car’.

She explained McPartlin’s vehicle ‘came to a halt and was no longer driveable due to the damage caused’.

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

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.’

On 21 March he was charged with drink driving following his involvement in a three-car smash on 18 March, where he allegedly failed a roadside breathalyser.

 It was reported by Sky Ant McPartlin ‘listened intently to impact statement of those he hit’.

In his own statement read by his lawyer he apologised for his actions which he said he was ‘ashamed and mortified’ by.

It was announced in court the breathalyser reading for Ant McPartlin was 75mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

The legal alcohol limit is 35mg per 100ml of breath meaning McPartlin was over twice the limit when he crashed his Mini into two cars in Richmond, south west London, leaving a four-year-old girl in hospital.

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