Ant McPartlin takes a Sunday drive 15 months after drink driving ban

He was fined £86,000 after pleading guilty to drink-driving last year alongside a 20-month driving ban which was reduced to 15 months after he completed a drink-driving referral course.

And Ant McPartlin is taking full advantage of being able to get behind the wheel again as he was spotted hopping into his Range Rover for a drive to pick up a newspaper on Sunday morning.

The TV presenter, 43, was joined by his girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett, 42, who slid into the passenger seat for the journey.

In the driving seat: Ant McPartlin, 43, was spotted hopping into his Range Rover for a drive to pick up a newspaper on Sunday morning

In the driving seat: Ant McPartlin, 43, was spotted hopping into his Range Rover for a drive to pick up a newspaper on Sunday morning

Ant put on a relaxed display for his day of rest in a maroon coloured polo shirt teamed with beige chinos and shaded his eyes with dark sunglasses.

His former PA styled up a black midi-dress printed with a floral design with flip-flops as the couple made the short journey to collect the reading material. 

Also joining the pair was another female companion, who sat in the back of the luxury vehicle.

Passenger: The TV presenter was joined by his girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett, 42, who slid into the passengers seat for the journey

Passenger: The TV presenter was joined by his girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett, 42, who slid into the passengers seat for the journey

Last year, McPartlin told police he was 'ashamed and mortified' after crashing his car while drink-driving with his mother in the passenger seat. 

His new licence was issued this week, MailOnline understands. 

His £86,000 fine eclipsed the £54,000 imposed on footballer Yaya Toure for the same offence in 2016, reported at the time to be the biggest sanction of its kind in the UK.

The 20-month ban always had the option of a five-month reduction if Ant completed the referral programme, which he has now completed.

Sunday attire: Ant put on a relaxed display for his day of rest in a maroon coloured polo shirt teamed with beige chinos and shaded his eyes with dark sunglasses

Sunday attire: Ant put on a relaxed display for his day of rest in a maroon coloured polo shirt teamed with beige chinos and shaded his eyes with dark sunglasses

Summer style: His former PA styled up a black midi-dress printed with a floral design with flip-flops as the couple made the short journey to collect the reading material

Summer style: His former PA styled up a black midi-dress printed with a floral design with flip-flops as the couple made the short journey to collect the reading material

Friends of the TV star said he had completed a course that was available to anyone, and had not received any special treatment.

Wimbledon Magistrates' Court heard that McPartlin had been seeking help for 'alcohol and emotional issues' at the time of the crash in Richmond, west London, on March 18, having recently split from his partner of 11 years.

He and his wife Lisa had confirmed they were splitting last January and were granted a divorce in October 2018.

Reading materials: Ant strolled along with the newspaper under his arm following the short outing

Reading materials: Ant strolled along with the newspaper under his arm following the short outing

The I'm a Celeb host and his teenage sweetheart had married in 2006.

They first met in Newcastle in 1994 before exchanging vows at a stunning

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