Katie Price given fresh ban for driving while disqualified and uninsured
Former glamour model Katie Price has been banned from driving for a second time after admitting mistakenly getting behind the wheel before her first disqualification period ended.
The 40-year-old was also handed a £1,100 fine when she appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
The reality star was summonsed to court to answer the charges after she was spotted driving on the A24 near her West Sussex home on July 25, while a six-month driving ban was still in place.
She had driven back from the short stay car park at Gatwick Airport to Dial Post, a hamlet near Horsham, after travelling by train into London to take her son to a medical appointment, the court heard.
She made the discovery after being phoned by a newspaper informing her she had breached her ban, which was later confirmed by police, magistrates were told.
She was banned from driving for six months in February but Paul Macaulay, defending, said Price had mistakenly believed the ban had dated from an earlier hearing in January – which meant it would have ended in early July.
But he conceded she had not contacted the DVLA about reinstating her driving licence before she was caught because she was “not the best” at paperwork, he told the court.
Arriving in a black saloon car and greeted by a large pack of photographers, Price wore a brown fur Cossack-style hat and matching poncho with black leggings and sunglasses, and was flanked by two bodyguards and several advisers.Katie Price (second right) leaves Crawley Magistrates’ Court after being sentenced (Andrew Matthews/PA)
She removed her hat before entering the courtroom with her lawyer, who carried a large brown bag for her.
Standing in the dock, she spoke only to confirm her name, date of birth and address before sitting down to listen to the proceedings.
Magistrates adjourned the hearing while they decided on a sentence.
Handing her the ban, chairman of the bench Serena Stewart told her: “Our advice is not to drive until you have your licence in your hand.”
Price said “thank you” to the magistrates as she left the courtroom.
She did not respond when reporters outside the building asked if she had any comment to make.