Ant McPartlin report catches vehicle crash live on TV outside court

The presenter had been scheduled to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on 4 April, but the hearing had been adjourned.

McPartlin encountered a large crowd of photographers and reporters as he walked up the steps at the main court entrance, which was guarded by seven police officers.

TV presenter Ant McPartlin has been fined £86,000 and banned from driving for 20 months after pleading guilty to drink-driving. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath.

McPartlin's barrister Liam Walker said his client had been seeking help for "alcohol and emotional issues" at the time of the crash, adding that his mother was in the auto with him.

Speaking briefly outside court after the sentencing, the TV presenter said: "I just want to say I'm truly sorry for what happened".

His mother was in the auto 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".

Ant was charged with drink driving on 21 March after appearing at Kingston police station earlier in the day, where he was interviewed under caution. The court heard that Ant had 75mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - twice the legal limit.

Wearing a black three-piece suit, white shirt and black tie, McPartlin told the court he was "ashamed and mortified" following the incident.

Ant's lawyer told the court the television presenter is deeply sorry for what happened and is taking steps to ensure it never happens again.

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

At the time a statement from McPartlin's publicist added: "Ant has chose to go back into treatment and step down from his current TV commitments".

Ant is now seeking treatment for a second time, following a stint in rehab a year ago.

The Britain's Got Talent and Saturday Night Takeaway star first entered a rehabilitation centre in June 2017, after developing an addiction to prescription painkillers following a knee operation in 2015.

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

The Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain's Got Talent co-host also stated that the events were a "turning point" for him and that he had let himself "and so many others down".

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