Ant McPartlin given driving ban and £86k fine

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Today, he has been ordered to pay what is believed to be the biggest ever drink-drive fine in Britain after he was caught more than double the legal limit in a auto crash.

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

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.

Ant McPartlin was fined £86,000, and given a 20-month driving ban at his sentencing today.

In a statement read by Ms Sinnett-Jones, the driver 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, 41, was reported to have failed a police breathalyzer test, with the court being told Monday that his blood-alcohol level was more than double the legal limit.

The 42-year-old appeared in Wimbledon Magistrates' Court today (April 16) for his hearing after being charged with drink-driving following a three-car collision last month.

'Higher standards are expected of me - I expect them of myself.

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Speaking briefly outside court after the sentencing, the TV presenter said: "I just want to say I'm truly sorry for what happened". "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 in a statement to police, Ant said: "I am very sorry I did this".

"I'm truly sorry for what happened".

"I accept full culpability for this and wish to apologise to all those concerned". I am truly sorry.

Freeman jumped after the crash, before apologising to viewers and saying that "some cars have just crashed".

The Newcastle native stood down from all of his TV commitments to return to rehab last month, having sought treatment past year for an addiction to prescription pain killers.

But ITV confirmed Donnelly will be hosting the live shows without his TV partner of nearly 30 years.

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