Why Katie Price wasn’t jailed over drink-drive smash – legal loophole keeps star free

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Katie Price swerved jail today after admitting she had driven her car under the influence of alcohol, but the judge told her she was very lucky not to be sent down

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Katie Price leaves Crawley Magistrates’ Court

Katie Price swerved jail in her drink-driving case thanks to a legal loophole, a district judge made clear.

The former glamour model was handed a suspended sentence at Crawley Magistrates’ Court today, swerving jail despite admitting she could have killed someone when she got behind the wheel of her car and crashed it back in September.

She’s been told she’s lucky that she wasn’t spending Christmas behind bars.

District Judge Amanda Kelly sentenced Katie to a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

Katie will also have to undergo 100 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Her driving ban has been kept to two years and Katie will not have to take an extended driving test.

There will be no separate penalty for the charge of driving without insurance.

Explaining her decision, the judge told Katie that she was unable to send her to prison because of a previous decision at her plea hearing.

At that hearing, a magistrate agreed to defer Katie’s sentencing to today on the understanding that she attended rehab facility The Priory for treatment and didn’t commit any further offences.

And because those criteria were met, the judge explained she couldn’t send her to jail.

She said Katie was “extremely lucky” that the magistrate chose to defer her sentence.

District Judge Kelly told Katie she was lucky that she wasn’t going to prison, but that her hands were tied on the matter.

She told the reality star: “You deserve to spend Christmas behind bars.”

The court also heard Katie had been banned from driving five times previously.

The judge said Katie’s driving record was “one of the worst” she had seen.

She said: “You showed no concern for the lives of others, you could have easily killed somebody.

“Unlike you not everyone has the luxury of putting themselves into the Priory clinic when their lives get hard.”

She said her driving record was “absolutely appalling” and her actions were “incredibly selfish”.

Katie was also ordered to pay £213 in costs, with the hearing told she already owes the court £7,358.

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