Katie Price is due to be sentenced after pleading guilty to drink driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance on December 15
Katie Price could potentially spend Christmas in prison following a crash near her home in Sussex on Tuesday.
The former glamour model, 43, appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court, the day following the smash, and pleaded guilty to drink driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.
During her court appearance it was revealed that she will be sentenced for the crimes on December 15 – therefore, if she is handed jail time that could mean the mother-of-five will be locked up over the festive period.
Chair of the bench Julie Hutton decided to delay the Page 3 icon being sentenced in order to allow the TV personality to have treatment at the Priory Centre – a rehab facility that Katie previously spent 28 days at in 2018.
Hutton handed Katie an interim driving ban during the time before her sentencing and clearly warned her: “We regularly send people to prison for driving whilst disqualified.”
Katie 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.
Earlier this week, Price was involved in a single-car collision that left her BMW flipped on its side on the B2135 near Partridge Green.
Yesterday, a court heard that after being confronted by police at the scene, Price was heard saying “I took drugs, I should not be driving, I admit it all.”
A drugs wipe gave a positive reading for cocaine, prosecutor Debbie Jones told the court.
Defence solicitor Joe Harrington, representing Katie, described the driving as a ‘one off’ incident and said Katie feeling lonely at home and decided to visit a friend.
“She has had a lot of personal problems recently,” he told the court.
“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.
“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.”
Sussex Police confirmed Price was charged following a crash near her home in Sussex on Tuesday.
A Sussex Police statement said: ” Katie Price, 43, Horsham, was charged with using a motor vehicle on a public place without third party insurance and driving whilst disqualified.
“She was remanded in custody and will appear at Crawley Remand Court on Wednesday 29 September).”
On Tuesday morning, Katie was taken to hospital following the car crash in West Sussex.
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A Sussex Police spokeswoman told The Mirror on Tuesday: “Police responded to reports of a single-vehicle collision on the B2135 near Partridge Green around 6.20am on Tuesday (September 28).”
A photo from the scene showed a car on its side and partially in the bushes that line the side of the narrow road.
A source told The Sun : “Katie rolled her car and was in a bad way when police arrived.
“She’s in hospital now and everyone is desperately worried about her.”
Katie’s worried family spoke out, following her arrest, to share their concerns for her mental wellbeing.
A statement released read: “This message has been written by Kate’s family.
“As a family we have for some time been concerned about Kate’s wellbeing and overall mental health. Today our worst fears nearly came true. As a family we have been and will continue to help Kate get the help she needs.
We hope that she will realise that she cannot battle her issues alone. We would kindly ask that the media and wider public give Kate the time and space she needs to seek the necessary treatment, so that she can hopefully return to the Kate we know and love as a mother, daughter and sister.
“We are concerned and worried about her deeply, we know she lives her life publicly and to many she is fair game, but as a family we hope she can find her path privately moving forward during this very difficult period in her life.
“We are not asking for sympathy – just that it is recognised that Kate is unwell.
“We take great comfort in reading the messages of support and love for Kate that we will pass on to her, in the hope that these positive messages will help spur her on.
“It takes great strength for one to acknowledge they need help, we hope the door is now open for Kate to learn to love herself and to be happy within. Mental illness is not a personal failure.
“The Price Family xxx”
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