Ant McPartlin fine among biggest handed out for motoring offences

Ant McPartlin
Ant McPartlin

Ant McPartlin's £86,000 fine for drink-driving eclipses the £54,000 imposed on footballer Yaya Toure for the same offence, reported at the time to be the biggest sanction of its kind in the UK.

In 2016, the Manchester City midfielder was convicted for driving up the M6 at 101mph in a turbo-charged Porsche while under the influence of alcohol.

He was fined £54,000 and banned from the road for 18 months in what was believed to be the largest financial punishment meted out by courts in the UK for drink-driving.

The offence has proved a regular pitfall for the rich and famous.

Over on Merseyside, Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was caught drunk behind the wheel the day after his house was burgled.

Thieves had reportedly taken £70,000 worth of jewellery, watches and clothes in the raid - and Firmino faced a further £20,000 fine for his antics the next day.

He was convicted in February 2017 for driving his Range Rover while over the legal limit in Liverpool city centre.

Wayne Rooney was reportedly docked £300,000 - equivalent to two weeks' wages - by Everton when he was convicted of drink-driving last year.

The former England captain escaped a fine from the court, however, when he appeared before Stockport magistrates in September, instead being given community service as a punishment.

Presenter Chris Tarrant, who is used to handing out large sums in his role as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host, was forced to make a more painful personal sacrifice when he was fined £6,000 and banned from the road for 12 months after admitting drink-driving in January.

And England rugby star Danny Cipriani faced similar costs when he was caught behind the wheel having spent the night drinking cocktails and champagne in 2015.

He was fined £4,500 in June 2016 and banned from driving for 18 months.