Ant McPartlin "ashamed and mortified" as he pleads guilty to drink driving

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District Judge Barbara Barnes ordered him to pay an £86,000 fine, and suspended him to a 20-month driving ban, which could be shortened to 15 months on completion of an awareness course.

"Such is the media crowd, it's been very busy here today", she said.

Popular British television host Ant McPartlin pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of drunk driving in connection with a three-car crash in London last month that left several people injured.

The prosecution said that Mr McPartlin had apologised to police for his actions and admitted that he has a problem with alcohol and "emotional issues".

His breathalyser reading was 75mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35 mcg. "For that I'm truly sorry". And for that I am truly sorry. I am truly sorry.

Prosecutor Katie Sinnett-Jones told Wimbledon Magistrates' Court that the incident happened when McPartlin drove around a "sharp bend and lost control", then ended up on the wrong side of the road.

Liam Walker, Ant's defence barrister said: "Anthony McPartlin is sorry".

"I'd like to apologise to everyone involved in the crash and I'm just thankful no-one was seriously hurt". He knows it is right that he's here and he hopes that which has led him here will eventually help him.

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'.

"But for good fortune the consequences could have been worse".

It was in heard in court that the 42-year-old had been twice the legal drink drive limit when the incident happened. "He feels the guilt that is reflected in his plea".

The presenter appeared at the court earlier today, flanked by security as he looked sombre in a black tie and black three-piece suit.

In a letter that was read out in court, he said he was "ashamed and mortified" by what he had done, that he "accepts full responsibility" for what has happened, and that he let himself "and so many others down".

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