Katie Price avoided jail yesterday for a car accident filled with alcohol and cocaine during her sixth road ban – angering campaigners at the “prank of justice”.
She Got a suspended period after rehab and Vegas Hole.
A former police officer said: “Someone else will spend Christmas in prison.”
Repeat offenders will usually face at least 12 weeks behind bars.
But because Price went to rehab—and complied with a deferment—while still on vacation in Las Vegas—her sentence was commuted to the limit of custody.
Yesterday in Crowley Magistrates’ Court, District Judge Amanda Kelly acknowledged that the public would be “horrified”—and that Price deserved to spend Christmas behind bars.
She continued: “Your actions that night were incredibly selfish.
“When you decided to get behind the wheel of the car that night, you showed no consideration to others. You could have hit someone’s child, partner, parent, or friend.
“You feel, it seems, that you are above the law.”
Last night the police said they would try to file an appeal.
And Seinwen Briden, 51, whose 21-year-old daughter Miriam was killed by a drinker, said: “Just because she’s got the money, she thinks she’s above the law.
“It’s just pure luck that he hasn’t killed anyone.
“The fact is that if he had already been banned and then did so it should have been an automatic prison sentence.”
Carmarthen’s Senwen said: “It’s not really a deterrent if celebrities and others are given such lenient sentences.
“It makes fun of the entire justice system.”
Kirsty Martel, 35, whose 21-year-old brother Frank was murdered by a drink-driver in 2017, said: “It’s a disgusting sentence. Price has escaped after slapping him on the wrist.
“This is just one more example that drinking is not taken seriously until someone is murdered.”
retired policeman John Scrooby of Campaign Against Drink Driving said: “I fully expected her to be told she would spend Christmas behind bars.
“The same would happen to any ordinary member of the public who had committed this offence.
“When I heard that he had received a non-custodial sentence, I was absolutely stunned.”
slipped in the passenger seat
Supat James Collis, head of road policing for Sussex Police and Surrey Police, said: “Today’s sentence, as the judge explained, could and should have been much worse.
“Now we are finding out if we can appeal this sentence.”
A passerby rescues Price from the wreckage of his BMW X5 on a B2135 in Partridge Green, West Sussex — three miles from her home — on September 28 at 6 a.m.
She was found falling on the passenger seat by the man, who broke the window and dragged her to a safe place.
The price was almost double the drink-drive limit and when his cocaine swab test came back positive he told police “I don’t care”.
She smoked and snorted Coke all night and inhaled a reading of 66 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath.
The legal limit is 35 micrograms.
He told officers present at the scene: “I am guilty. I had wine. I took drugs. I should not drive. I accept it all.”
Price was going to see a friend because she was “lonely”.
He admitted to driving the day after the accident as disqualified, without insurance and unfit to drink.
magistrate Julie Hutton deferred the sentence.
Was sent to Priory Clinic for rehab under terms of deferred value and told not to commit crimes again.
Yesterday Judge Kelly called her selfish and said she was lucky to escape prison.
You could kill someone’s child, partner, parent or friend. You feel like, it seems you are above the law.
District Judge Amanda Kelly
The former model only got a further two-year ban and 100 hours of community service.
Price He would have to complete 20 rehab sessions and was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £128 victim surcharge.
He also owes an unpaid court fine of £7,538, but that case was pushed back on 24 January.
Judge Kelly told the Loose Woman star: “You have one of the worst driving records I’ve seen. You are extremely lucky that on the last occasion the magistrates decided to defer sentence. Your actions that night were incredibly selfish .
Judge Kelly was bound by strict rules as the deferred deal was signed after the first hearing.
Under this scheme, courts can delay sentencing by up to six months after conviction, taking into account their behavior.
PriceWearing a blue puffy coat, white trousers and trainers and a facemask, she did not speak as she was surrounded by photographers outside the courtroom.
He spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth during the hearing.
She was supported by her stepfather Paul and 32-year-old fiancé Carl Woods, and showed no emotion as she was let off the hook.
Her defense attorney Ben Harrington told the court that Price had “a lot going on” and “can’t deal with the problems”.
She said she led a chaotic life and said that Karl told her that Price once had a £7.50 fee for the Dartford crossing, which increased to £1,400 after failing to pay.
He has repeatedly flouting the rules of the road, and his latest ban came in October 2019 for refusing to tell police who was driving his pink Range Rover in an accident.
broke the rules
Price Two years of disqualification were assigned, reduced to 18 months on appeal.
He was expected to get his license back in April, but the DVLA told him he had been banned for another six months.
A month ago, The Sun published photos of him risking prison while driving a Range Rover during his ban – but police did not investigate.
We also reported how Carl’s white BMW was allegedly reported to his police for taking it on the way to his mansion – but authorities could not investigate it due to lack of evidence.
Price Driving was first banned in 2010, after failing to properly control his horse’s thong and speeding offenses.
After leaving The Priory, she and Carl went to Las Vegas for a luxury break. Last week he moved to Belgium to help Price get his 13th boob job, as well as lipos and bum fat.
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