Speaking briefly outside the court following sentencing McPartlin said: "I just want to say I'm truly sorry for what happened".
When a TV reporter went to cover a celebrity's auto crash court case, she didn't expect to be covering a totally different one.
His mother was in the auto with him at the time of the crash and the barrister told the district judge the incident was down to "a brief relapse unbeknownst to his passenger".
District Judge Barbara Barnes ordered him to pay an £86,000 fine, and suspended him to a 20-month driving ban, which could be shortened to 15 months on completion of an awareness course.
The other driver said, also in a witness statement: "Myself and my family were in deep shock as we believed we could have died as a result of Mr McPartlin's reckless driving".
It was announced in court the breathalyser reading for Ant McPartlin was 75mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.
"High standards are expected of me, I expect them of myself".
The prosecution said that Mr McPartlin had apologised to police for his actions and admitted that he has a problem with alcohol and "emotional issues". "He hopes that in time he can make himself better and that he might be forgiven by all of the many people he knows and he feels he has let down terribly".
"I'm truly sorry for what happened". And for that I am truly sorry.
'I'd like to apologise to everybody involved in the crash, and I'm just thankful nobody was seriously hurt'.
It's also been confirmed that Dec will be presenting Britain's Got Talent alone when the live shows air later this year - although Ant will still feature in its pre-recorded auditions.