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Ant McPartlin fined £86,000 for drink driving

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TV presenter Ant McPartlin said he was “ashamed and mortified” as he pleaded guilty to drink driving.

He was charged following a collision with two other cars while driving in Richmond, London, on 18 March.

In a witness statement, the driver of one of the cars said he and his wife “could have died as a result of Mr McPartlin’s reckless driving”.

Ant McPartlin fined £86,000 for drink driving
Ant McPartlin fined £86,000 for drink driving

McPartlin was over double the drink drive limit, Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court heard.

The charge states he had 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath.

The driver of a BMW hit by McPartlin’s car said the TV presenter’s car came round the corner like a rocket.

In a letter read out in court, McPartlin said he is “ashamed and mortified” and “accepts full responsibility”. He said he let himself “and so many others down”.

He added that he realised people in the public eye should provide a positive example to others and that today was a “turning point” for him.

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