Judge slashes Katie Price’s two-year driving ban to 18 months

Katie Price today had her two-year driving ban slashed to just 18 months after she failed to tell police who had crashed her £75,000 Range Rover.

The mother-of-five, 41, was handed the ban in October after she crashed the bright pink car into a hedge in Bexley, southeast London a year earlier.

Price, who has been disqualified from driving four times in two years, was banned for two years and fined more than £440 after she failed to tell police who was behind the wheel in the incident. 

The reality star appeared at Woolwich Crown Court today where she successfully appealed for a judge to reduce the ban, the Mirror reported. 

Katie Price today had her two-year driving ban slashed to just 18 months after she failed to tell police who had crashed her £75,000 Range Rover

Katie Price today had her two-year driving ban slashed to just 18 months after she failed to tell police who had crashed her £75,000 Range Rover

 Katie Price today had her two-year driving ban slashed to just 18 months after she failed to tell police who had crashed her £75,000 Range Rover

The mother-of-five, 41, was handed the ban in October after she crashed the bright pink car (pictured) into a hedge in Bexley, southeast London a year earlier

The mother-of-five, 41, was handed the ban in October after she crashed the bright pink car (pictured) into a hedge in Bexley, southeast London a year earlier

 The mother-of-five, 41, was handed the ban in October after she crashed the bright pink car (pictured) into a hedge in Bexley, southeast London a year earlier

Ms Price, who pleaded guilty to withholding the name of the driver in the crash at a hearing in August, was hit with the ban in October. 

At the time, her lawyers had sought to delay a sentencing hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court as she had only arrived back in the country the morning it was due to take place. 

District Judge Robert Hunter, however, refused to postpone the hearing, which had already been adjourned from August.

In a statement read to the court, Ms Price’s solicitors said: ‘She has been out of the country. She is returning on the morning of the hearing.

‘We ask for the hearing to be adjourned to another date. No one will be inconvenienced as witnesses will not need to be called as a result of the guilty plea.’  

Geraldine Dickinson, prosecuting, urged the court to carry on with the matter in the former Glamour Model’s absence.

She said: ‘Her solicitors knew about this date and knew about her whereabouts and that she’s be returning to Gatwick this morning.

Price, who has been disqualified from driving four times in two years, was banned again for two years and fined more than £440

Price, who has been disqualified from driving four times in two years, was banned again for two years and fined more than £440

 Price, who has been disqualified from driving four times in two years, was banned again for two years and fined more than £440

Katie Price outside Bexley Magistrates' Court following her drink driving trial where she was banned from driving for three months in February

Katie Price outside Bexley Magistrates' Court following her drink driving trial where she was banned from driving for three months in February

 Katie Price outside Bexley Magistrates’ Court following her drink driving trial where she was banned from driving for three months in February

‘Even if she came back at 9am, she could have made an appearance at this court today.’

District Judge Hunter said: ‘This hearing has already been adjourned once. This date was agreed by both sides. I am not inclined to further adjourn this matter.’

The prosecutor pointed to Price’s previous disqualifications, such as a three-month ban in July 2018 and a further three-month prohibition in October 2018. Six points were added to Price’s licence in January 2019.

The district judge said: ‘I am imposing another six points, which amounts to a disqualification of two years to the licence.

‘I am also imposing a fine of £440, a surcharge of £44 and prosecution costs of £100 to be paid in 28 days.’

Price claimed at the hearing in August that she had been working to get her life back on track, and blamed the incident on her mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The mother-of-five repeatedly denied she had been driving and claimed the driver was her on-off boyfriend Kris Boyson’s pal – and anyone was insured to drive her pink car if they were aged over 30.

Price currently stars in the reality show My Crazy Life, but is facing bankruptcy.

The former Loose Women panellist is in the midst of renovating her nine-bedroom Sussex home.

The TV personality avoided bankruptcy last December after reaching an agreement over a £22,000 tax bill.

Katie Price’s driving history

 October 3, 2003

Escaped a speeding charge on a technicality after cops failed to arrest her within 12 weeks. Her Range Rover was allegedly clocked at 70mph in a 40mph zone.

June 5, 2008

Given three penalty points, fined £200 and ordered to pay £80 costs at Feltham magistrates’ court for talking on her mobile phone while driving on April 18 that year.

January 7, 2009

Let off on a legal technicality by Brighton magistrates after allegedly breaking a 30mph limit and not providing the identity of the driver to police.

July 7, 2010

Convicted in her absence by Crawley magistrates after cameras caught her speeding at 99 mph on September 16, 2009.

Her lawyer argued she was only speeding because she was being hounded by the paparazzi, but police said there were no other speeding vehicles around.

She was fined £250, ordered to pay £500 prosecution costs and given four points on her licence.

September 28, 2010

Convicted at Mid-Sussex Magistrates’ Court for failing to be in proper control of her 7.5-ton lurid pink horsebox after veering into another lane in Sussex on February 19.

She was fined £1,000, ordered to pay £650 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge and given three points on her licence, taking her tally to ten.

December 1, 2010

Banned from driving ban for six months after she was caught on speed camera travelling at 83mph in a 70mph zone on the A23 in Pyecombe, West Sussex on 10 December 2009.

Katie, who did not attend the hearing, pleaded guilty to the charge.

In her absence, she was fined £1,000 and given three penalty points on her license (taking her total at that time to 13 points).

This took her over the 12-point limit and brought an automatic six-month driving ban and so she was disqualified from driving for six months.

August 31, 2012

Barred from driving on the roads for 12 months, after failing to respond to two speeding tickets.

She had been caught speeding in London on September 5 and September 6 2011.

The glamour model argued that all of her post was dealt with by her mother and she had never seen the prosecution warnings.

Katie, who already had six points on her licence at the time, was given six more and banned for 12 months. She was also fined £400.

February 16, 2018

Banned from driving for six months after doing 60mph on the 50mph A24. She already had points on her license.

Following the incident in Dial Post, West Sussex in 2017, Katie failed to tell police when the speeding ticket arrived and was charged with failing to provide details about the person driving.

She failed to show up at magistrates’ court and was given a six-month ban and a £750 fine.

July 28, 2018

In July she was was questioned by police after photographs emerged of her getting behind the wheel of her car while still banned from the road.

Pictures revealed Katie driving her grey Ford Fiesta home from Gatwick with her youngest kids Jett, aged four, and Bunny, aged three.

She handed herself into police and took to Instagram to insist that she thought the ban was over – but as soon as she realised it wasn’t, confessed her wrongdoing to authorities to avoid a ‘guilty conscience.’

The former glamour model said at the time: ‘After driving to Harvey’s Hospital appointment I have NOW found out that I don’t get my licence back until 8th August.’

September 26, 2018

Crashed her £63,000 Ranger Rover on September 26, while allegedly on her mobile phone. The crash was reported to the police.

Marketing executive Katie Pugh, 23, told MailOnline that the troubled star rear-ended her Mercedes as they were stuck in traffic on the A3 in Roehampton, Surrey.

Pugh said she looked up into her rear-view mirror and noticed Katie appearing to be looking at her phone moments before the collision at around 5.30PM on September 26.

October 10, 2018

Arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in the earlier hours of the morning on October 10, after being found by police in her garish pink Range Rover in Woolwich, East London.

Katie had allegedly been partying with ex-boyfriend Kris Boyson helping him celebrate his 30th birthday when her car ended up hitting a parked car.

She took a roadside breath test and was taken to Plumstead Police station where she was released after a night in the cells.

Katie was then photographed driving her car without wearing her seatbelt, just 36 hours after her drink driving arrest – an infraction that carries a £100 fine.

December 2018

Charged by postal requisition over her drink-driving charge and was due to appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 7 January.

January 2019 

Caught driving while disqualified, without third party insurance – ordered to pay £1,000 and banned for a further three months.

February 2019

Convicted of being drunk (more than twice legal limit) in charge of her vehicle and banned from driving for three months.

Claimed a mystery man had been driving.

October 2019

Price is banned from the roads after withholding the name of the driver. 

Given a £440 fine, a £44 surcharge and ordered to pay £100 in costs.

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