Ant apologises and asks for for­give­ness

Court: TV pre­sen­ter banned for 20 months and fined £86,000

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY HENRY VAUGHAN

TV pre­sen­ter Ant McPartlin has said he was “ashamed and mor­ti­fied” af­ter crash­ing his car while drink-driv­ing with his mother in the pas­sen­ger seat.

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.

The court heard that McPartlin had been seek­ing help for “al­co­hol and emo- tional is­sues” at the time of the crash in Rich­mond, west London, on March 18.

Prose­cu­tor Katie Sin­nett-Jones told Wim­ble­don Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day that the in­ci­dent hap­pened at around 3.50pm when McPartlin drove his Mini around a “sharp bend and lost con­trol” then ended up on the wrong side of the road.

He col­lided with another Mini Cooper be­fore driv­ing “straight into the front of an on­com­ing car”.

The court heard that the driver of the other Mini said af­ter­wards he thought he and his fam­ily were go­ing to die in the col­li­sion.

In a state­ment read by Ms Sin­nett-Jones, he 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.”

McPartlin stood in the glass dock in court to con­firm his name, date of birth, ad­dress and na­tion­al­ity be­fore plead­ing guilty to driv­ing with 75 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100 millil­itres of breath. The le­gal limit is 35 mi­cro­grammes.

McPartlin’s bar­ris­ter Liam Walker said: “An­thony McPartlin is sorry and is do­ing ev­ery­thing he can to en­sure this never hap­pens again.

“He hopes that in time he can make him­self bet­ter and that he might be for­given by all of the many peo­ple he knows and he feels he has let down ter­ri­bly.”

The court heard that in a state­ment to po­lice McPartlin said: “I am very sorry I did this. I am ashamed and mor­ti­fied that this hap­pened.

“I ac­cept full cul­pa­bil­ity for this and wish to apol­o­gise to all those con­cerned.”

“My­self and my fam­ily be­lieved we could have died as a re­sult”

CHAS­TENED: An­thony McPartlin speak­ing out­side court in Wim­ble­don af­ter ad­mit­ting driv­ing while more than twice the le­gal al­co­hol limit

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