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20/03/2018 06:54 SAST | Updated 20/03/2018 06:54 SAST

Ant McPartlin Arrested On Suspicion Of Drunk Driving After Car Crash

It follows a difficult 12 months for the 'Saturday Night Takeaway' presenter.

U.K. TV's Ant McPartlin, whom many SA viewers remember from the original "Pop Idols" show, has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

The presenter, better known as one half of presenting duo Ant and Dec, failed a breathalyser test after crashing his car just before 4pm on Sunday, March 18.

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Ant McPartlin, pictured here in January

Pictures published in The Sun showed McPartlin's smashed-up Mini, as well as him being assisted into the back of a police car following the crash, which it is believed saw him hit a second Mini before ploughing into a BMW X5 on Lower Richmond Road, south west London.

A number of people were treated at the scene, while a child passenger in one of the cars was taken to hospital for a check-up as a precaution.

Scotland Yard said in a statement: "Police were called to Lower Richmond Road at [3.59pm] following reports of a road-traffic collision involving three vehicles. 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 [sic] after failing a roadside breathalyser test."

McPartlin has since been released under investigation, after being taken to a south London police station for questioning, a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said on Monday, with inquiries continuing.

A spokesperson for McPartlin declined to comment when contacted by HuffPost. A rep for ITV has also been contacted.

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Ant with TV partner Declan Donnelly

The crash happened less than 24 hours after McPartlin was seen presenting ITV's "Saturday Night Takeaway", and it currently remains unclear what his arrest means for the rest of the series.

The incident also follows a difficult 12 months for the star, who checked into rehab for an addiction to painkillers last June.

McPartlin admitted to becoming dependent on prescription drugs as well as abusing alcohol to cope with the pain from a botched knee operation.

After spending over two months in a treatment facility, he then jetted to the U.S. to continue his recovery, also detailing the extent of his issues in an interview with The Sun.

"I was at the point where anything — prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs — I would take," he said.

"And take them with alcohol, which is ridiculous. The doctors told me, 'You could have killed yourself.'"

In November, he returned to public life, hosting the last series of "I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!", but endured speculation that his marriage to wife Lisa Armstrong was on the rocks.

The couple later confirmed their split, after 11 years of marriage, in a statement in January.

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Ant announced his split from wife Lisa Armstrong in January

In the same month, McPartlin made an emotional appearance at the National Television Awards, where he and presenting partner Declan Donnelly picked up three prizes, referencing his recent troubles in their acceptance speech for Best Presenter.

"It's been quite a year. It's been quite a tough 12 months, so winning this tonight means a lot," he said as he teared up.

"I'd personally like to thank my family, my friends – some of who are here tonight. I love you. Thank you very much. And thank you to all of you for your support, it really, really means to me and has helped me get through."

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