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

17 April 2018, 02:18 | Regina Holmes

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Inside the courtroom, he spoke only to confirm his name, age, address and nationality before pleading guilty to a single charge of drink-driving.

"I mean, such is the media crowd it has been very busy here today".

Television presenter Ant McPartlin has pleaded guilty to one count of drink driving at a court in Wimbledon, London today.

Get Me Out Of Here! co-presenter was found to have 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of his breath, which is more than double the legal limit of 35.

District Judge Barnes told the court Ant McPartlin's breathalyser reading was twice the legal limit and said when deciding his sentence his weekly income of £130,000 came into consideration.

His mother was in the vehicle with him at the time of the crash and the barrister told the district judge the incident was down to "a brief relapse unbeknownst to his passenger". For that I'm truly sorry.

'Anthony McPartlin is sorry and is doing everything he can to ensure this never happens again, ' Mr Walker said.

He referred to his client's "exemplary" character and charitable work: 'Mr McPartlin is lucky to have both family and long-time friends to support him'.

'He knows it is right that he's here and he hopes that which has led him here will eventually help him'. For that I'm truly sorry'.

Walker earlier said: 'But for good fortune the consequences could have been worse.

At this point, Freeman was interrupted by the crash but - clearly a professional - she carried on, adding: "Excuse me, sorry, it's just some cars have had a bit of a crash behind us there. He feels the guilt that is reflected in his plea".

The popular host recently missed out on presenting the final two episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway with his TV sidekick, Declan Donnelly.

In a statement, read by his lawyer, the TV presenter apologised for his actions and said he was "ashamed and mortified" by what he had done.

McPartlin, who is half of presenting duo Ant and Dec for United Kingdom broadcaster ITV, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving March 18 after a collision in the London neighborhood of Richmond.

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