Ant McPartlin was arrested on suspicion of drink driving following a road traffic accident in Mortlake, London on Sunday 18th March. According to media reports, the collision involved three vehicles and several individuals were reportedly treated for minor injuries. McPartlin was arrested at the scene of the crash having failed a roadside breathalyser test.
The TV presenter was interviewed in relation to the incident at Kingston police station and was initially released under investigation. The Metropolitan Police have since confirmed that Ant McPartlin has been charged with drink driving. He will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on 4 April.
Any person found guilty of an offence of drink driving can be sentenced to up to six months imprisonment, receive an unlimited fine and a driving ban of at least one year. Anyone convicted of drink driving twice in the space of ten years would receive a driving ban of three years. The legal limit for alcohol in breath is 35 ug per 100 ml of breath. It is an offence to drive on any public road whilst over the legal limit.
When considering the appropriate sentence to pass, the Magistrates Court will determine the seriousness of the offence. The Magistrates will take into account the level of harm caused by the person’s actions, or the harm which could have been caused. They will also consider any aggravating factors, such as whether there were passengers travelling in the vehicle, if the vehicle was involved in a collision or evidence of an unacceptable standard of driving.
Ant McPartlin, who spoke publicly last year about his addiction to alcohol and prescription medication, is said to have been driving his Mini at speed on the wrong side of the road when the collision took place. His mother was seen exiting the car as a passenger after the incident. Images have emerged documenting the damage to the TV star’s Mini caused by the crash, the front wheel of which had been displaced.