DRINK-DRIVE ANT FINED $158K
POPULAR British TV host Ant McPartlin has been fined $158,000 for drink driving, in connection with a three-car crash in London last month that injured several people.
The presenter was also banned from driving for 20 months after being caught at double the legal limit.
“I am truly sorry for what happened,” McPartlin, 41, said on the steps of Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court in southwest London.
“I let myself down; I let a lot of people down. I’d like to apologise to everybody involved in the crash, and I’m just thankful nobody was seriously hurt.”
McPartlin and his mate Declan Donnelly, also from Newcastle in northeast England, have as Ant and Dec hosted many prime-time shows over the past 20 years.
McPartlin recently attended a rehab clinic for an addiction to painkillers.