Former glamour model Katie Price has been charged with drink-driving after allegedly being almost twice the legal limit while behind the wheel of her pink Range Rover, a court has heard.
The 40-year-old was arrested in the stationary car in the early hours of October 10 in Shooter’s Hill, Greenwich, south-east London.
She was found slumped in a “very” drunken state in the back of her vomit-covered pink Range Rover after police saw the vehicle collide with a grass verge, a court has heard.
Having already been charged with being over the limit while in charge of a vehicle, Bexley Magistrates’ Court was told as her trial was due to begin on Monday that she also faces the more serious charge of drink-driving.
Price denied an additional charge of drink-driving when she appeared at Bexley Magistrates’ Court, having already entered a not-guilty plea to being in charge of a vehicle while over the limit
Police found her in the motionless car at about 1.40am.
Police Constables Benjamin Jones and Balvinder Mann first saw her car veer off the road and hit a grass verge at 12.40am before seeing it stationary about 15 minutes later.
Pc Jones told the court that he approached the car to find Price in the back of the vehicle with her boyfriend, Kris Boyson, in the passenger seat.
“Her eyes were blurred and her speech was a bit slurred. Although she was sitting, it was in a slumped position,” Pc Jones said.
“I could smell alcohol. In my opinion she was drunk.”
Prosecutor Sonya Saul asked how drunk, to which the officer replied: “I would say very.”
The car, he added, showed signs of a collision, with the bumper hanging off and pieces of shrubbery attached to its exterior.
Pc Jones went on: “I also noticed what appeared to be sick on the outside of the car.”
The court was told that CCTV footage would show her Range Rover earlier damaging a Volkswagen Golf while attempting a three-point turn.
Price, who lives in Horsham, West Sussex, was met by a mass of photographers as she arrived at the court in a black Mercedes.
Wearing a navy suit jacket, she had numerous coughing fits as the hearing began.
It is alleged Price had 69 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
The trial continues.