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Katie Price pleads guilty to driving offences after crash

Reality television star Katie Price has pleaded guilty to drink driving while disqualified and without insurance following a crash near her home in Sussex on Tuesday.

Price is awaiting sentence after pleading guilty to three charges: driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and driving while unfit to drive through drink.

An image shared by police from the scene on Tuesday showed a car flipped on its side.

The mum of five, 43, appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, September 29, following the collision on the B2135 near Partridge Green the previous morning.

She was charged with driving while unfit to drive through drink, using a motor vehicle on a public place without third party insurance and driving while disqualified.

Officers responded to the crash at around 6.20am, where Price was arrested on suspicion of driving while above the legal limit for alcohol and drugs, and was taken to hospital.

The court heard that after being confronted by police at the scene, Katie Price was heard saying “I took drugs, I should not be driving, I admit it all”.

Defence solicitor Joe Harrington said: “She has had a lot of personal problems recently.

“Currently she is in the process of bankruptcy proceedings, so her house may be repossessed.

“So, quite a lot going on in this lady’s life, a really difficult period.”

A drugs wipe gave a positive reading for cocaine, prosecutor Debbie Jones told the court.

Defence solicitor Joe Harrington continued: “As I understand it, she had been drinking, she was lonely, and she decided to go and see a friend who lived a relatively short distance away and that is when the incident happened.”

The two magistrates, including chair of the bench Julie Hutton, have risen to consider their decision.

Katie Price remains in the dock, chatting to one of the officers.

29 Sep 2021

Katie Price has been told that her sentencing has been deferred until December 15 to allow her to have treatment at the Priory Centre and speak to the probation service.

Chair of the bench Julie Hutton told her she was free to go but warned her against driving in the interim.

Chair of the bench Julie Hutton handed Katie Price an interim driving ban, warning her: “We regularly send people to prison for driving whilst disqualified.”

Price was told that her sentence would be deferred on the condition that she have treatment at the Priory Centre, not commit any further offences, and be banned from driving in the interim.

She was told she must also engage with the probation service so a report can be prepared.

Ms Hutton told her: “On that basis, Ms Price, you are free to go and good luck at the Priory.”

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