Katie Price was deemed “extremely lucky” by a judge after she narrowly escaped being sent to prison on Wednesday as she received her sentence for charges including drink driving.
The 43-year-old pleaded guilty to getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol after getting involved in a car crash back in September. She also admitted to driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.
Katie was given a 16-week suspended sentence along with 100 hours of unpaid community service, 20 rehabilitation sessions with probation, a two-year driving ban and a bill for outstanding court payments.
District judge Amanda Kelly told Katie how fortunate she was to receive the sentence after stating that the former glamour model had “one of the worst driving records [she] had ever seen”.
Despite this, magistrates deferred Katie's sentencing back in September and asked her to attend The Priory for rehabilitation in the meantime – a decision Ms Kelly seemingly did not agree with.
“The public may be appalled to hear that I can’t send you to jail today,” she told Katie court.
“But the law says that when a person has complied with the terms of their release then you have a legitimate expectation not to be sent to prison today, even though you deserve to spend Christmas behind bars.
“You are extremely lucky the magistrates on the previous occasions chose to defer sentence.”
Earlier on in the hearing, the prosecution revealed that Katie had consumed a mixture of cocaine, vodka and lemonade and was 30mg over the legal drinking limit when the car crash took place.
Judge Kelly reprimanded Katie for her behaviour and urged her to change her ways.
“When you chose to get behind the wheel of your car while intoxicated with drink and drugs, you showed no concern at all for the lives of others,” she said.
“You could easily have killed someone, a child, a parent, a friend, and devastated their lives forever.
"Your actions meant the emergency services had to use up their precious time. You knowingly and deliberately flouted a court order and not for the first time.
"You seem to think you are above the law.”
The judge warned Katie that if she strayed outside of the conditions set, the punishment for her would be much more severe.
“Rest assured, put one foot wrong in the coming weeks and months and you will go to prison," she said.
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