Katie Price pleads guilty to drink driving while disqualified and without insurance following crash

Katie Price was seen leaving court with a blanket over her following the hearing on Wednesday Credit: PA

Katie Price told police after crashing her car that "I took drugs... I admit it all", a court has heard as she pleaded guilty to driving offences.

The former glamour model, 43, appeared in court on Wednesday and pleaded to guilty to drink driving while disqualified and without insurance following a crash near her home in Sussex on Tuesday.

Price was on the way to a friend's when she lost control of her BMW and crashed on the B2135 near Partridge Green at 6.20am, a court heard. An image shared by police from the scene showed a car flipped on its side.

A witness found her trapped inside her vehicle and stayed with her until police arrived, Crawley Magistrates' Court heard.

After being confronted by officers at the scene, the court was told Price was heard saying: “I took drugs, I should not be driving, I admit it all.

"I was just going to my friend's. I know I shouldn't have because I've been banned".

A photo from the aftermath of the crash shows a car flipped on its side. Credit: Tom Van Der Wee

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

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.

Price's sentencing has been deferred until December 15 to allow her to have treatment at the Priory Centre and speak to the probation service. She was due to go straight to an appointment at the Priory following the hearing, the court heard.

Defence solicitor Joe Harrington told the court the driving was a “one-off” incident and that the mother-of-five is going through a "really difficult period".

He said Price had been at home drinking, feeling lonely and decided to go to see a friend "who lived a relatively short distance away".

The mother-of-five was heading to the Priory for treatment following the hearing, the court heard Credit: PA

“She has had a lot of personal problems recently," Mr Harrington said.

“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.”

Mr Harrington described her decision as "foolish and one she bitterly regrets", adding: "She wants to put this behind her, so has pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity."

Chair of the bench Julie Hutton handed Price an interim driving ban and told her she had committed an "extremely serious offence", warning her: “We regularly send people to prison for driving whilst disqualified.”

The court heard Price told police she had taken drugs Credit: PA

Price was told that her sentence would be deferred under four conditions - that she undergo treatment at the Priory Centre, does not commit any further offences, that she engages fully with the probation service and is banned from driving in the interim.

"You must not get behind a wheel. We cannot enforce how important that is," magistrates told the TV personality.

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

Following the crash, Price's family shared a statement on Instagram saying they "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," it read.

"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."

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.

A statement said: “Police responded to reports of a single-vehicle collision on the B2135 near Partridge Green around 6.20am on Tuesday (September 28).


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“A woman was arrested on suspicion of driving while above the legal limit for alcohol and drugs, and has been taken to hospital to be checked over.

“The road was blocked temporarily while recovery of the vehicle was arranged.”

A statement from the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said: “South East Coast Ambulance was called at approximately 6.30am to reports of an RTC on the B2135 at Partridge Green.

“One ambulance crew attended the scene and one person was assessed and treated before being taken to hospital.”

Police said the road was reopened at 9.26am.

Appearing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Monday, Price said she is banned from driving until the end of the year.

Discussing her disabled son Harvey, 19, she said: “Harvey’s in Cheltenham now.

“He keeps ringing me saying, ‘Mummy I miss you, I need kisses and cuddles’, so it is quite hard because obviously I don’t get my licence back until December, so I can’t just whizz in the car down there and it’s not close.”