A BBC News report on Ant McPartlin’s drink drive crash hearing was interrupted – by a car crash.
As the channel broadcast live from outside Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court waiting for the Britains’ Got Talent host to issue a statement, there was a three-vehicle prang in front of the camera.
BBC reporter Alison Freeman was shocked by the accident but continued with her report.
No-one was seriously injured in the accident.
The reporter says: “They (Ant’s solicitor) did say that he had had a very difficult year and as was said be his lawyers he had already (then the accident happens).
“Excuse me sorry it’s just some cars have had a bit of a crash behind us there.
“I mean such is them media crowd it has been very busy here today.”
Ant was fined £86,000 after admitting drink driving at a brief hearing this afternoon.
After entering a guilty plea, the star – who earns £130,000 a week – was fined £86,000 and banned from driving for 20 months.
The judge did not impose any community service sentence in light of his ‘genuine remorse’ and because he is ‘seeking rehabilitation.’
In a statement to police, he apologised for his behaviour, admitting, “I’m very sorry I did this. I’m ashamed and mortified that this happened.”
And his defence barrister Liam Walker told the court Ant had suffered a ‘brief relapse’ which was ‘unbenknowst’ to his mum, who moved into his rented Chiswick home following his split from wife Lisa Armstrong.
Ant was twice the legal limit when he was arrested in leafy Mortlake, south west London, on the afternoon of Sunday March 18.
A nine-year-old boy who was in the BMW screaming “I’m dying mummy”.
The other Mini driver believed he would have also died had be not taken evasive action.
His breathalyser reading was 75mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – the legal limit in England is 35 mcg.
He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth, address and nationality, as well as to enter his guilty plea to one count of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
The court heard he was already in rehab and suffered a relapse at the time of the crash.