Ant McPartlin report catches vehicle crash live on TV outside court

Danny Woods
April 17, 2018

Lisa responded to some messages from fans who wished her well after the Ant and Dec star was given a 20-month driving ban and hit with a staggering £86,000 fine following his conviction.

Dr Ng, the mother who was driving the luxury vehicle which McPartlin's Mini Cooper ploughed into when the TV host was drink-driving, said her son was in shock.

He said his client had been seeking help for "alcohol and emotional issues" at the time of the accident, which came in the wake of headlines about his divorce. I let myself down.

This is the look of "Ohhh no!" and "Why me???" rolled together.

The charge states McPartlin had 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath.

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. "It has greatly affected my private and work life".

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.

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"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".

He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth, address and nationality, as well as to enter his guilty plea to one count of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

In court, a letter was read out in which the presenter stated that was "ashamed and mortified" about the auto crash, and accepted full responsibility for what had happened.

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".

'My family were in considerable shock and believe if I had not taken evasive action we could have died as a result of Mr McPartlin's reckless driving.

The 42-year-old appeared before Wimbledon Magistrates Court earlier where he was also disqualified from driving for twenty months.

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