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Ant McPartlin pleads guilty to drink-driving

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 16/04/2018 Patrick Grafton-Green

TV presenter Anthony McPartlin © PA TV presenter Anthony McPartlin TV presenter Ant McPartlin has pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

The 42-year-old was twice the legal limit when he was involved in a crash with two other cars while driving his Mini in Richmond, Wimbledon Magistrates' Court heard.

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

Wearing a black three-piece suit, white shirt and black tie, McPartlin, stood in the glass dock in court.

He spoke to confirm his name, date of birth, address and nationality before pleading guilty to a single charge of drink-driving.

McPartlin was charged by postal requisition of March 21, three days after he was arrested.

After he was charged, ITV announced the Saturday Night Takeaway host would step back from his TV commitments, with co-presenter Declan Donnelly hosting the final two episodes of the show on his own.

McPartlin appeared alongside Donnelly on TV screens over the weekend as Britain's Got Talent aired its pre-recorded audition shows.

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