Katie Price has been arrested after smashing her BMW on the way to pick up more drugs after an all-night drink and cocaine binge, it was claimed today – as she faces jail after six previous disqualifications.
The former glamour model, 43, who is currently serving a six-month driving ban, was said to be in a ‘bad way’ when police arrived and allegedly arrested her at the crash site on a rural lane in Sussex.
MailOnline understands she had been up all night taking drink and cocaine before leaving her property at 5am to pick up more.
A source said: ‘Katie is on a downward spiral. After an all-night bender. It’s a new low, even by her standards.’
A picture – tweeted by a police officer – showed a damaged BMW lying on its side across a lane near the scene of the incident at just before 8am. Its mangled front is wedged into the bushes and an ambulance can be seen on the road behind.
In a series of Instagram statements released on Ms Price’s Instagram, her family say they have ‘for some time been concerned about Kate’s wellbeing and overall mental health’, adding: ‘Today our worst fears nearly came true’.
And Ms Price’s fiancé Carl Woods posted a statement on his Instagram on Tuesday, saying ‘Katie is a rough diamond, she has her imperfections, however they make her perfect to me’.
It has been claimed that the former glamour model had been driving in a car that was given to her as a gift by Mr Woods several weeks before the crash, The Sun reports. A source said: ‘Katie was only given the car by Carl a month or so ago. She’ll be gutted it’s now written off. But the important thing is that she’s OK. It’s just a car.’
Ms Price has been experiencing a turbulent year, and was recently seen with bruising to her face after an alleged assault at her home in Essex.
She could face jail time following the accident because she is still serving a six month driving ban after refusing to tell police who was driving her pink Range Rover following a crash in Bexley, south east London in November 2018.
The celebrity was disqualified in October 2019 for 18 months and was due to return to the wheel in April this year, but an administrative error resulted in the ban being extended for a further six months.
A police officer tweeted this photo of a crashed BMW near West Grinstead around the same time of this morning’s incident
In April, Ms Price mocked her ban by sitting in the driving seat and pretending to drive – noting that she was on her own land
Katie Price’s fiance Carl Woods posted a statement on his Instagram on Tuesday, saying ‘Katie is a rough diamond, she has her imperfections, however they make her perfect to me’
Pictured: The road at Partridge Green, Sussex, where the incident involving Katie Price took place this morning
Pictured: Some debris in Partrige Green, Sussex – the scene of the crash involving former glamour model Katie Price today
Katie Price: Her six bans (including one for drink-driving)
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.
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 10.
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. Ms Price, 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. Ms Price, 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, Ms Price 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 Ms Price 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 Ms Price 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. Ms Price 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. Ms Price 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
January 2019 Caught driving while disqualified, and was given another three months.
February 2019 Served a further three month ban after being convicted of drink-driving in October 2018.
Autumn 2019 Issued with her sixth ban – a two-year disqualification – which she appealed. It was reduced to 18 months.
March 2021 Gets behind the wheel of boyfriend Carl Wood’s Range Rover weeks before her 18-month ban is lifted. Questioned by police over the matter
September 28: Ms Price is allegedly hospitalised and arrested for drink-driving after being involved in an early hours crash.
A source told The Sun: ‘Katie rolled her car and was in a bad way when police arrived. She’s in hospital now and everyone is desperately worried about her and why she was driving.’
It came just hours after Ms Price told Good Morning Britain of her pain that being disqualified from driving meant she could not visit her oldest son Harvey at his residential college when he calls to say he misses her.
Asked by Susanna Reid how Harvey, 19, was doing, she replied: ‘Harvey’s in Cheltenham now, he keeps ringing me saying, ‘Mummy I miss you, I need your kisses and cuddles’, so it is quite hard.
‘Because obviously I don’t get my licence back until December, so I can’t just whizz in the car down there and it’s not close.’
A second source told MailOnline today: ‘No other vehicle was involved in the accident but the car turned onto its side and partially left the road. The driver did not suffer serious injury but was taken to hospital.’
Although she currently does not live there, Ms Price still owns her 11-bedroom Sussex mansion in nearby Dial Post – four miles away – which she bought for £1.3million in 2014.
The property, which boasts a swimming pool, tennis court and horse stables, was nicknamed the ‘mucky mansion’ after it was ransacked by intruders last year.
They left the taps running causing tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage to property and Katie was forced to leave and moved in with her boyfriend Carl Woods in Essex.
The house is currently undergoing a major renovation which is the subject of a Channel 4 documentary and the glamour model has been seen filming in the area.
A resident said: ‘Luckily no other vehicles were involved in the crash and it happened away from houses. It sounds like the person behind the wheel is going to be okay.’
Sussex Police said today: ‘Police responded to reports of a single-vehicle collision on the B2135 near Partridge Green around 6.20am on Tuesday (September 28).
‘A woman, 43, was arrested on suspicion of driving while above the legal limit for alcohol and drugs, and has been taken to hospital to be checked over.
‘The road was blocked temporarily while recovery of the vehicle was arranged.’
The mother-of-five has a long history of problems behind the wheel and has been disqualified from driving six times since her first ban back in 2010 for six months.
During her current ban alone, she was caught driving while disqualified in January 2019, and had another three months added to her sentence.
The day before, Ms Price was seen driving her boyfriend Carl’s Land Rover on a public road in Hertfordshire.
A witness said: ‘They were heading in the direction of the M11. Katie looked anxious.
‘She seemed to be biting her nails. How can she be so stupid when she’s only got a few weeks of the ban left to go?’
The ban was issued to Ms Price after her famous pink Range Rover was involved in a crash in November 2018, after which Ms Price refused to tell police who had actually been behind the wheel.
Driving while disqualified can lead to an unlimited fine and jail time of six months.
Ms Price was first slapped with a driving ban in 2010 for six months.
This was for speeding – 83mph in a 70mph zone in West Sussex.
She was then disqualified for a year in 2012, after failing to respond to two speeding tickets.
Ms Price reportedly failed to inform police when she received the ticket for breaking the speeding limit in a 50mph limit on the A24 in Dial Post, West Sussex in 2017.
She claimed that she failed to see a pair of speeding tickets because her mother takes care of the mail.
The former model was ordered to pay a total of £75 and she was slapped with the 12-month driving ban.
In 2018, she was banned for another six months, totting up 12 penalty points on her driver’s licence.
During this ban, she was caught driving while disqualified in January 2019, and was given another three months.
A further three months were added to this ban a month after this, when she was convicted of drink-driving the previous October.
Ms Price was released by police pending further investigation on October 10 2018 following an alleged five-day bender that ended up with her being arrested for drink-driving after turning up uninvited to her on-off boyfriend’s birthday party.
At the time, she was receiving treatment at The Priory and meant to be abstaining from alcohol, but it has since been claimed that she went on a five day bender prior to her drink-drive arrest.
She had reportedly been enjoying Strawberry Daquiris with ex-boyfriend Alex Adderson after fearing the 25-year-old would think she is a ‘boring granny’ if she didn’t let her hair down.
Ms Price famously handed herself into police the previous July for driving while on a six-month ban, explaining at the time that she thought her ban was over.
It comes just hours after Ms Price told Good Morning Britain of her pain that being disqualified from driving meant she could not visit her oldest son Harvey at his residential college when he calls to say he misses her
Ms Price was recently pictured with bruising to her face after allegedly being assaulted at her home in Essex
Ms Price was banned after her famous pink Range Rover (pictured) was involved in a crash in November 2018, after which Ms Price refused to tell police who had actually been behind the wheel
Taking to Instagram, the former glamour model admitted that she thought the ban was done – but as soon as she realised it wasn’t confessed her wrongdoing to authorities to avoid a ‘guilty conscience.’
She said at the time: ‘Been on such an emotional rollercoaster the last 6 months and my head has been all over the place, so much so, that I thought my driving ban was up.
‘After driving to [son] Harvey’s hospital appointment I have NOW found out that I don’t get my licence back until 8th August.
‘With this on my conscience I called police and reported myself.
‘I’ve come such a long way and just want easy life now.
‘I have got out of a hole and am finally happy and looking forward to being my old independent self.’
The reality star received a £750 fine as well as £200 in costs and a £75 surcharge following her conviction, according to reports.
A South East Ambulance Service spokesman said today: ‘I can confirm we were called at approximately 6.30am to reports of an RTC on the B2135 at Partridge Green.
‘One ambulance crew attended the scene and one person was assessed and treated before being taken to hospital.’
THE PENALTIES FOR DRINK DRIVING AND DRIVING WHILE DISQUALIFIED
What is the penalty for drink driving?
If someone is convicted of drink driving they face being banned from driving, fined or even imprisoned. A magistrates’ court decides the sentence, which will vary depending on the severity of the incident.
The maximum sentence for excess alcohol (drive/attempt to drive) is an unlimited fine and/or six months in custody, sentencing guidelines show.
The driver will also lose their license for at least a year if the offence was driving or attempting to drive. Attending a drink-drive rehabilitation scheme course could mean a reduced ban.
If the offence was excess alcohol (in charge), the maximum sentence is a fine of up to £2,500 and/or three months in custody. The driver could also lose their licence or receive 10 points.
What is the penalty for driving while disqualified?
An offender could face up to six months in prison and a period of disqualification for driving while disqualified.
If it is the first offence then alternatives to prison – including a community order, unpaid work or an electronic tag – will likely be considered. A previous conviction for disqualified driving increases the likelihood of going to prison.
Like with drink driving, the sentence will depend on the severity of the offence, taking aggravating and mitigating factors into account.
How would a potential sentence be decided?
Sentencing guidelines advise that all courts should pass a total sentence which ‘reflects all the offending behaviour before it and is just and proportionate’.
There is no definite rule dictating whether sentences should be structured as concurrent or consecutive components.
If a defendant were given two six-month prison sentences – one for drink driving and another for driving while disqualified – these could be served at the same time, one after the other, or a mixture.
This means the offender could face six months in prison if the sentences are ordered to be concurrent, or twelve months if they are consecutive.
Concurrent sentences are normally appropriate where multiple offences relate to the same incident, or are of a similar kind.
Consecutive sentences are appropriate when offences arise out of ‘unrelated facts or incidents’, or in cases where the offences are of the same kind but ‘the overall criminality will not sufficiently be reflected by concurrent sentences’.
Katie Price’s family rally round the troubled star as she is arrested for drink-and-drug driving after road crash
Katie Price‘s family has put out an emotional statement rallying around the troubled star, saying they are ‘concerned’ for her wellbeing following her arrest for smashing her BMW during an alleged drink and cocaine binge.
The mother-of-five, who remains in hospital following the horror crash, now faces jail after six previous disqualifications.
In a post on Ms Price’s Instagram, her family put out a statement, saying she needs help and treatment for her mental health issues.
They wrote: ‘As a family we have for some time been concerned about Kate’s wellbeing and overall mental health.
In a post on Ms Price’s Instagram, her family put out a statement, saying she needs help and treatment for her mental health issues
‘Today our worst fears nearly came true. As a family we have been and will continue to help Kate get the help she needs.
‘We hope that she will realise that she cannot battle her issues alone.’
It is not clear who put out the statement, with the post signed off by ‘the Price family’.
The former I’m A Celebrity star has five children with three former partners.
Her eldest child, Harvey, 19, was born to Price and footballer Dwight Yorke, who has played no role in his son’s upbringing, despite the teenager’s severe disabilities.
Katie then had a relationship with singer Peter Andre after their romance blossomed during filming of I’m A Celebrity in 2002.
They married in 2005 and Katie gave birth later that year to Junior, and the couple also share a daughter, Princess.
Katie’s eldest child, Harvey, 19, was born to Price and footballer Dwight Yorke (right), who has played no role in his son’s upbringing
Katie and Peter Andre, who met on I’m A Celebrity, share a son and daughter together, Junior and Princess
Katie revealed she later suffered a miscarriage before the couple divorced, and they both continued to raise their two children.
She later married MMA fighter Alex Reid before splitting in 2011, before marrying her third husband Kieran Hayler in 2013.
Kieran and Katie share a son and a daughter, Jett, born in 2013, and Bunny, born a year later.
She has since dated personal trainer Kris Boyson and Carl Woods, her current fiancé.
The family statement continued: ‘We are concerned and worried about her deeply, we know she lives her life publicly and to many she is fair game, but as a family we hope she can find her path privately moving forward during this very difficult period in her life.
‘We are not asking for sympathy – just that it is recognised that Kate is unwell.
Katie revealed she later suffered a miscarriage with Peter before the couple divorced, and they both continued to raise their two children
Kieran Hayler and Katie share a son and a daughter, Jett, born in 2013, and Bunny (pictured), born a year later
Katie’s fiancé Carl also posted a statement on his Instagram saying the reality star is ‘perfect’ to him
‘We take great comfort in reading the messages of support and love for Kate that we will pass on to her, in the hope that these positive messages will help spur her on.
‘It takes great strength for one to acknowledge they need help, we hope the door is now open for Kate to learn to love herself and to be happy within. Mental illness is not a personal failure.’
Katie’s fiancé Carl also posted a statement on his Instagram, saying: ‘Relationships are tested. People test each other – but when you love someone like I love Katie, you enjoy the highs and good times together.
‘And that bond is tested during the low and difficult times together.
‘Katie is a rough diamond. She has her imperfections. However, they make her perfect to me.
‘She just needs that extra help to be polished. The sunlight will shine through her once again and the sparkles that she brings to everyone will return. I love you Katie 100 per cent. My dolly. Always here. Always will be.’