​Ant McPartlin Pleads Guilty To Drink Driving

Ant McPartlin has pleaded guilty to drink driving, having appeared in court today to face his charge. With 75mcg of alcohol in his bloodstream at the time of arrest, he was double the legal limit.

The first driver he hit said in court that they 'could have died as a result of [his] dangerous driving'.

He was seen arriving at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court half an hour before his case was due to start.

Speaking before his court appearance, a friend told the Sun: "His legal team got the court date delayed once because he had just entered rehab.

"But he knows he has to face the music. The plan at this stage is for him to plead guilty. He is obviously gutted about the whole thing and wants to focus on getting better.

"He has a lot to do to prove himself again. Hopefully this is the first step."

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Credit: PA

Ant, 42, was arrested in March on suspicion of drink-driving, after being involved in a car accident in Richmond, London. He was questioned by police but was released shortly after.

A family in another car that was also involved sustained minor injuries.

Faheem Vanoo and his wife Shilpa Dandekar were driving with their three-year-old daughter Amaira in south west London when the crash took place.

The family's Mini was hit almost head-on by another Mini driven by the 42-year-old TV presenter, who was driving home with his mum after taking his dogs for a walk.

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Credit: PA

Faheem told the Mail Online: "The whole experience has just been a nightmare. It is not something that we ever expected, but we are just grateful that no one was hurt.

"It has been a terrible experience and it feels like we are coming out of a nightmare. It has left us all a bit shaken up."

Ant, who also sustained bruises along with his mum Christine, was said to be 'distraught' that the couple's child was involved in the accident, according to one of his family members on Tyneside.

Following the accident Ant has taken the decision to take time away from television indefinitely while he re-enters treatment, following his stint in rehab for an alcohol and painkiller addiction last summer.

After one episode of Saturday Night Takeaway was cancelled, co-host Dec was forced to present the rest of the series alone.

But Ant has appeared on screens since the incident - in pre-recorded footage of Britain's Got Talent, which started up again on Saturday.

He could be seen tearing up - along with the judges - over magician Marc Spelman's performance.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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