Ant McPartlin ‘arrested on suspicion of drink driving’ as he’s involved in three-car smash

Ant McPartlin has been arrested on ‘suspicion of drink driving’, after he was involved in a three-car smash in London on Sunday.

The Saturday Night Takeaway host was taken away by police around 4pm on Sunday after he was involved in the smash in South West london.

According to The Sun, witnesses said the 42-year-old ‘looked dazed’ after hitting two cars in his black Mini sports car – after it was thought Ant’s veered into the wrong lane while coming off a roundabout on Lower Richmond Road.

A spokesperson for Metropolitan police confirmed to Metro a 42-year-old man was taken away for questioning on Sunday.

They said: ‘Police in Richmond were called to Lower Richmond Road, SW14 at 15:59hrs on Sunday, 18 March following reports of a road traffic collision involving three vehicles.

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‘Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended.

‘A number of individuals were treated at the scene for minor injuries only. A child passenger from one of the cars has been taken to hospital for a check up as a precaution.

‘A 42-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink-driving after failing a roadside breathalyser test.

‘He has been taken to a south London police station for questioning. Enquiries continue. Roads are expected to reopen shortly. ‘

In pictures obtained by , Ant looked agitated as he was led away by a police officer.

The publication claimed the presenter got ‘argumentative’ with a policewoman while witness Jake Spencer said he ‘rowed with officers as they tried to put him in a police car’.

He added: ‘He was not making it easy for her and he seemed to be trying to wriggle out of her clutches. He was not in a good way.’

Ant – who recently split with his wife Lisa Armstrong after 11 years of marriage – was driving with his mother Christine and his dog Hurley when he allegedly hit a green Mini – then crashed into a BMW X5, before his Mini Cooper ended up on the opposite side of the road.

He then ‘failed a roadside breathalyser test and was arrested by police’ at the scene, as a three-year-old girl was taken to hospital following the crash.

Amy Cassie, 23, who helped Ant’s mum get the dog out of the car, told The Mirror Ant ‘seemed furious’ and was ‘seen shouting at his mum’ as she attempted to calm him down.

She said: ‘The police took him to the back of the police car to remove him from the situation…Ant and his mum didn’t seem to have any injuries, but the mum in the green car had split her lip and the side of her face was very red.’

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A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Police in Richmond were called to Lower Richmond Road, SW14 at 15:59hrs on Sunday, 18 March following reports of a road traffic collision involving three vehicles.

‘Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended.

‘A number of individuals were treated at the scene for minor injuries only. A child passenger from one of the cars has been taken to hospital for a check up as a precaution.

‘A 42-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink-driving after failing a roadside breathalyser test.

‘He has been taken to a south London police station for questioning. Enquiries continue. Roads are expected to reopen shortly.’

This latest incident comes not even a year after Ant checked himself into rehab for ‘painkiller addiction and alcohol issues’ in June 2017.

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At the time, , and said: ‘The first step is to admit to yourself you need help. I’ve let people down. I’m truly sorry.

‘I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I’m truly sorry. I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends through this really difficult time.’

It’s not known how this incident will affect his current show, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Metro has ed reps of Ant McPartlin for comment.

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