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Monday, 16 April 2018
"Ant" McPartlin fined £86,000 for excess alcohol offence
On 18th March 2018, following a road traffic accident, Anthony David "Ant" McPartlin was arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol contrary to the Road Traffic Act 1988 section 5. On 16th April, at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court, Mr McPartlin pleaded guilty and was fined £86,000 and disqualified for 20 months - see The Telegraph 16th April. Mr McPartlin's income was said to be around £130,000 per week. The charge stated that he had 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100
millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35 microgrammes per 100
millilitres of breath.
For offences committed on or after 12th March 2015, a Level 5 fine in the Magistrates' Court is unlimited (in most cases) as opposed to the previous usual maximum of £5,000. See the Regulations effecting the change.