Ant McPartlin Has Reportedly Left Rehab After Drink Driving Incident
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Ant McPartlin has reportedly left the rehabilitation clinic he checked himself into following his drink driving crash.
The 42-year-old was pictured by the the Sun walking his dog Hurley in a London park looking happy. An onlooker told the newspaper: "It was great to see him looking so well, and much more upbeat. In pictures taken after his accident Ant looked haunted.
"He hadn't shaved and looked like he hadn't slept much. But the Ant we saw this week could have been a different person."
The Sun says Ant was told on Thursday that he would be allowed to continue his treatment outside the clinic and he will receive help from his mum Christine Woodhall, who was in the car with him when the crash happened.
It comes just shy of two weeks since he pleaded guilty at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court to drink driving.
The court received a police charge sheet which alleges the TV personality "drove a motor vehicle, namely a Black Mini... after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in [his] breath, namely 75 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, exceeded the prescribed limit."
He was banned from driving for 20 months and fined a whopping £86,000.
The judge told the court that Ant had showed 'genuine remorse' after the incident. She also added the star had taken 'immediate actions' in light of his issues and that he was 'seeking rehabilitation'. As such, she did not impose a community order.
Speaking outside of court, Ant said: "I'm very sorry I did this. I'm ashamed and mortified that this happened."
Liam Walker, Ant's defence barrister said: "Anthony McPartlin is sorry. He is doing everything he can so this never happens again. He hopes that in time he can make himself better and he might be forgiven by all the people he feels he has let down so terribly."
Following the incident Ant decided to take time away from television indefinitely so he could go to rehab. It's the second time he's checked himself in for treatment, with the first being in summer last year after admitting to being addicted to alcohol and painkillers.
One episode of Saturday Night Takeaway had to be cancelled, and co-host Dec Donnelly was forced to present the rest of the series alone. But he was warmly received by audiences around the UK and even got a standing ovation.
Ant has appeared on our screens since the incident - however they were just pre-recorded bits of Britain's Got Talent.