TV star Ant McPartlin receives massive drink-driving fine following London car crash

Posted Apr 30, 2018.
In a case that has recently been all over the front pages of the UK press, popular TV star Ant McPartlin – one half of award winning presenting duo Ant and Dec – has been fined a massive £86,000 for drink-driving, as well as being banned from driving for 20 months, following a road traffic accident in London.

In a hearing at Wimbledon magistrates court, it emerged that McPartlin, 42, was driving his car in the London borough of Richmond when he took a bend too fast and crashed into two other vehicles. He was later found to be over twice the legal drink driving limit. The ‘I’m a Celebrity ..Get Me Out of Here!’ star was driving a Mini when he lost control on the bend crashed into a BMW and another Mini. 

The court heard that the occupants of the cars he hit were left heavily shaken, with the driver of the other Mini, Faheem Vanoo, stating that had he not reacted quickly to the out of control car, he would have been hit head-on, adding that “We believe we could have died as a result of Mr McPartlin’s reckless driving”. The BMW driver, Dr Ng, stated that as well as suffering from neck and knee pain following the accident, her nine year old son was also in shock, telling her  "I am dying, Mummy, I am dying"

McPartlin, who only spoke at the hearing to confirm his personal details and to plead guilty, had already submitted a statement saying “I am ashamed and mortified that this happened. I accept full culpability for this and wish to apologise to all concerned … I am incredibly disappointed that have let myself and so many others down on this occasion.” After the hearing concluded, he again emphasised outside the court how truly sorry he was, and how relieved he was that no one was more seriously injured.

District judge Barbara Barnes, whilst accepting that McPartlin had shown genuine remorse, added: “I think it will have quite an impact on you to know that you are no longer a man of good character but you carry a [criminal] record..”