Ant McPartlin breaks silence after pleading guilty to drink-driving charge

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Later, outside court, the presenter said he was "truly sorry for letting his fans down".

Ant's defence added: "Anthony McPartlin is sorry and is doing everything he can to ensure this never happens again".

Speaking briefly outside the court after his sentencing, McPartlin said that he was truly sorry.

The moment occurred on BBC News, after Ant McPartlin pleaded guilty to drink driving.

A statement by the prosecutor today, Dr Ng said her son was in shock and McPartlin's vehicle deployed three airbags'.

'After colliding with the Mini the auto already had a broken left front side had already dropped down and was scraping in the ground as it collided head-on with my vehicle'.

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

"Excuse me sorry, just some cars have had a bit of a crash behind us there", Freeman said.

"I would like to apologise to everybody involved in the crash".

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The court heard that Ant had 75mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - twice the legal limit.

Walker added: "Through me, Mr McPartlin wishes to express both sorrow and regret over his actions".

The court heard that McPartlin had been seeking help for "alcohol and emotional issues" at the time of the crash in Richmond, west London, on March 18.

"This incident happened, sadly, when it seems you suffered a brief relapse".

The judge described his "exemplary character" but followed that up by saying he is "no longer a man of good character" after the incident.

Of the accident, the Metropolitan Police said one of the passengers of the cars was a child, The Guardian reported.

McPartlin is now expected to undergo further rehabilitation, while his co-host Declan Donnelly will carry on their joint television commitments.

McPartlin and Donnelly are among the best-known presenters on British TV, fronting primetime entertainment formats for ITV such as "Saturday Night Takeaway", "Britain's Got Talent" and "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!".