Police have issued a statement revealing that Ant McPartlin, best known for being half of the famous TV duo Ant & Dec, was over twice the legal limit for alcohol when he crashed in March. The statement clarifies that the star, who it is said will face charges after he crashed his mini cooper into two other cars, had a blood alcohol level of 75mg when the legal limit is 35mg. Ant was due to in court last week but the case was postponed.
Ant McPartlin 'was TWICE the legal limit' when he was arrested for drink-driving after car crash, police claim https://t.co/7RTzW4EYYq— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) April 7, 2018
He could face six months in prison along with a fine after he has been charged with drink driving. Police say that Ant “drove a motor vehicle, namely a Black Mini…after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in your breath, namely 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, exceeded the prescribed limit.”
The crash occurred while Ant was driving his mother to a nearby shop. Since the accident Ant has agreed to attend rehab and has been unable to continue presenting Saturday Night Takeaway, leaving Dec to do so entirely by himself despite the pair having made a lifelong promise to never appear on screen without the other. In the episode he presented Dec made only veiled references to his partner’s absence:
“I'll have to do it myself, like everything else this week,” he said, later adding that he had “twice the amount of work to do.”
Despite this Dec has generally received praise for his first time presenting without Ant, with many people saying his performance was a flawless for the entire 90 minutes. He tweeted after the show:
“Thanks for all your lovely messages tonight, they are VERY much appreciated, I’m glad you enjoyed the show.
“I didn’t sleep an awful lot last night so I’m off to bed! Night y’all. D x”
Ant McPartlin 'twice drink-drive' limit when arrested over car crashhttps://t.co/DXxKIiSWxR— The Daily Record (@Daily_Record) April 7, 2018
Meanwhile it is not clear what punishment Ant McPartlin will be handed by the courts, and how being twice the legal limit will impact the court’s decision. While a 5-year-old girl in the other vehicle was taken to hospital for treatment, no one was actually hurt. He may escape with little more than a driving ban, or he may have to serve prison time for his behaviour.