Katie Price has previously given a strange excuse for missing important documents from the police – including two speeding tickets in 2012
Katie Price has been handed a three-month driving ban and fined £1,100 after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified – and not having third-party insurance for her motor vehicle.
The mum of five pleaded guilty two both offences when she appeared at Crawley Magistrates Court this morning.
The maximum penalty for driving while disqualified is a six-month spell in prison, along with a hefty fine and a further driving ban of many months.
But she was given just a three-month ban from the roads today.
Katie even pleaded with the court not to make her pay the fine immediately as she can’t afford it.
She said she needed her car to ferry disabled teenage son Harvey to his medical appointments, and brought up her mum Amy Price’s terminal illness.
“Her son has numerous medical difficulties,” her lawyer told the court.
“Her mother has a lung disease which causes life expectancy to be now less than three years.
“The address she lives is in the middle of nowhere. Her mum lives 20mins away and she has to get there on a constant basis. The concept of not being able to do that will cause a lot of hardship for her.”
She was issued with a 14 day collection order with district judge Serena Stewart telling her: “We have taken account of your early guilty plea and means form.
“We are going to fine you £1,100, there will be a victim surcharge of £110 and costs £85, making a total of £1,295. Can you pay that today?”
Katie replied: “Not today, no.”
After banning her from driving for three months, the magistrate asked her if she understood.
“Yep,” the glamour model said. The ban will end on April 8 2019.
It’s not even the first driving ban Katie has been given, as she was previously told to stay off the roads for 12 months in 2012 after her white Range Rover was spotted speeding through London the previous year.
But Katie offered up a bizarre excuse as to why she had ignored two separate speeding notices and two reminders three months later, claiming her mum Amy Price dealt with all her post for her.
Hi She also claimed in court that building work on her West Sussex mansion meant that post got dumped on the floor.
“Because I have got a driveway up to the house, it was just like a building site because people would come and go. They would just come in and chuck it on the floor and that was it,” she told the court in August 2012.
“My mum does the post, she checks it all. Well, she opens my post. Anything that needs to go to the management, she pays my bills, she’s got my chequebook, she does everything for me – I know that sounds bad.”
Katie also claimed at the time that she had ignored the police warnings because she never drove her white Range Rover, preferring instead to take her Barbie pink 4×4 wherever she went.
“We checked it out and we saw it was the white Range Rover and I said, ‘Oh well, it definitely wasn’t me, because I have got the pink one and I always drive my pink Range Rover.’
“I have got three other cars that I don’t really drive, they’re just on the driveway. I don’t do anything, it is a waste really,” she went on.
“There’s other people insured on them if they want to drive them.”
But a judge dismissed her excuses, insisting it was Katie’s responsibility to respond to the police and give details of who was driving,
“If she delegates duties relating to post to another, whilst it may seem draconian, if that system fails, the responsibility rests with her,” the judge added.
Since then, Katie’s mum Amy has been diagnosed with the terminal lung condition idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Katie herself has sobbed on Loose Women about the prospect of losing her mum, who is just 64.