'Foolish' Katie Price crashed BMW while 'lonely and on way to see pal' after all-night 'cocaine' bender09/29/2021
KATIE Price was "lonely" and driving to see a friend when she flipped her car after an all-night cocaine bender, a court heard today.
The reality TV star was rushed to hospital after her horror smash in Horsham, West Sussex, early yesterday morning.
Katie, 43, who is banned from driving, rolled her 4×4 BMW down a country lane.
She today pleaded guilty to one count of drink driving, one count of driving without insurance and one count of driving while disqualified.
Magistrates ordered the reality star to undertake treatment at the Priory, as she has been slapped with an additional driving ban until her sentencing.
Crawley Magistrates' Court heard how Price had been feeling lonely at home when she made the "foolish" decision to go and see a friend who lives nearby.
She hopped in her car during the "one-off" incident but ended up “trapped” in her BMW before a witness helped her out and waited for emergency services to arrive.
After being confronted by police at the scene, 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.
"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."
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Prosecutor Debbie Jones told the court that a drugs wipe gave a positive reading for cocaine, and a breath test confirmed she had been drinking.
However a charge of driving while unfit through drugs was withdrawn by the court.
Chair of the bench Julie Hutton agreed to defer sentencing to December 15 which will allow Price to work with probation and attend rehab.
Her stepdad Paul Price, supported her from the public gallery throughout her court appearance.
'AWFUL LOT ON HER PLATE'
Sources close to the former model have said that she has been through a “difficult” time in the past few months.
They told The Sun: “Katie has been through an awful lot lately – relationship problems, money troubles, and she’s been very open about her own health problems – plus her mum has been very unwell.
“On top of that she’s a devoted mum, so a lot of us who know her are just very worried for her own safety and wellbeing too.
“Lots of people love and care about her, and it’s difficult to see her struggling – hopefully this will all pass and she will be able to move forwards with her life.
“Once things have calmed down hopefully she will have time to be with the people she loves and work out where things stand – she has an awful lot on her plate.”
Katie expected to get her driving licence back in April, but was banned for a further six months following an admin bungle.
She served an 18-month disqualification after withholding the identity of the driver of her pink Range Rover during a crash in Bexley.
In the last ten years she has been banned from driving a total of six times.
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