Radio host and TV presenter Chris Tarrant has pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Reading Magistrates’ Court.
Tarrant, wearing a navy suit and striped tie, entered a guilty plea to the charge at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning.
He was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £6,000.
The former quiz show host had enjoyed a pub lunch at the Bladebone Inn, in Bucklebury when he was stopped at 2.30pm as he left the for his £2million mansion nearby back in December.
The court heard Tarrant’s breathalyser reading was 50 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit being 35 microgrammes.
Police were tipped off about his drink-driving by a member of the public – reported to be a neighbour.
After his arrest, the dad-of-four was said to have missed a carol service in his home village of Bucklebury.
His agent and manager Paul Vaughan previously told the Sun in a statement that Tarrant had "enjoyed a single drink and something to eat" before leaving the pub and driving home.
"Once he was at home, as he was not to drive himself again that day, he freely admits he drank a quantity of alcohol – some brandy and later some wine," Vaughan said.
"Having been at home for some time, he was called upon by a police officer who approached him outside his house and required him, following information received by a member of the public, to take a breath test.
"This test proved positive and he was formally arrested and taken to the Newbury Police Station."
However today he pleaded guilty to the drink-driving charge after being found to be 15 microgrammes over the legal limit.
Tarrant bought his £1million home in Bucklebury, the village where Kate Middleton was raised, in 2004 and has already extended it three times.
A fourth proposal to add an extra two rooms to the seven-bedroomed pad was rejected by parish councillors last year, but later passed on appeal.