Ant McPartlin was up in court today following his drink-driving arrest last month after a car accident.

The TV host was fined £86,000 and banned from driving for 20 months after pleading guilty to being twice the legal limit.

Ant appeared in Wimbledon Magistrates' Court today (16 April) following a collision with two other vehicles on March 18.

In a witness statement, a driver of one of the other cars said in their witness statement that they "could have died as a result of Mr McPartlin's reckless driving".

Sentencing him, the district judge said: "At the time when it happened you were struggling with various personal problems and also alcohol issues for some months.

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

She went on to describe McPartlin's previous "exemplary character", adding: "I think it will have quite an impact on you to know you're no longer a man of good character."

Speaking outside the court following his conviction, Ant said: "I just want to say I'm truly sorry for what happened, higher standards are expected of me, I expect them of myself.

"I let myself down, I let a lot of people down, for that I'm truly sorry. I'd like to apologise to everyone involved in the crash, I'm just thankful that no one was seriously hurt."

Declan Donnelly will continue to present without his on-screen partner in the new series of Britain's Got Talent although Dec will be there for the pre-recorded shows that were filmed earlier in the year.

Via BBC News