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Shamed model Katie Price won’t face jail for speeding because her offence is being dealt with remotely under a little-known procedure.
The troubled celebrity was allegedly clocked driving over the 60mph speed limit in a BMW close to her mucky mansion in Horsham, West Sussex – just 11 days before she crashed her car in September last year.
Mother-of-five Price, 43, was set to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court charged with speeding and failing to provide information to the police.
But the case will now be dealt with under the ‘single justice procedure’, which allows for adults charged with summary-only, non-imprisonable offences to have their cases dealt with remotely by a magistrate.
It means the case can be dealt with by a fine and/or points on Price’s licence and a driving ban. She cannot be jailed under the procedure, and the case has been adjourned to July 5.
Price avoided jail for September’s booze and drug-fuelled crash by checking herself into the Priory for rehab costing nearly £7,000 a week. In total, she has been banned from the roads six times.
She is due to appear at Lewes Crown Court tomorrow for allegedly breaching a restraining order by sending foul-mouthed texts aimed at her ex Kieran Hayler’s partner Michelle Penticost.
Katie Price leaving Crawley Magistrates’ Court in West Sussex, Wednesday April 27, 2022
Price was arrested after crashing her car near Partridge Green in West Sussex last September
A single magistrate who does not have to be sitting at the court where a case is listed to be able to deal with it.
The procedure was set up in 2015 to deal with minor traffic offences and low-level fare evasion. It has also recently been used widely to deal with breaches of coronavirus rules.
They are dealt with by the magistrate who looks at relevant paperwork before coming to a decision. Defendants can make a plea online but if they plead not guilty they must turn up in court at a later date.
In October 2019, Price was banned from driving for 18 months for failing to inform police who was behind the wheel of her pink Range Rover during a crash in Bexley, south-east London.
She was still banned when she crashed her BMW last September and would have also been banned during the alleged speeding offence.
After the crash, tests showed the TV personality had 66 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – nearly double the legal limit of 35mcg. She also tested positive for cocaine.
Pictured, TV personality Katie Price, who is set to learn her fate over a fresh driving offence
An image shared by police from the scene of the crash showed a car flipped on its side, and after the crash Price’s family expressed concern for her wellbeing.
District Judge Amanda Kelly slammed the former glamour model for ‘seeming to think you are above the law’ and said her driving record was ‘one of the worst I’ve ever seen’.
Sussex Police said they wanted to appeal the suspended sentence, but found there were no legal grounds to do so.
Price has been in court on at least 16 occasions for her driving offences but has never once been jailed.
She is also accused of breaching a restraining order by sending a foul-mouthed message aimed at her ex Kieran Hayler’s partner Michelle Penticost on January 21.
Price allegedly texted: ‘Tell your c***ing wh*** piece of s*** girlfriend not to start on me – she has a restraining order so shouldn’t try to antagonise as she is in breach.
‘I am sure she doesn’t want people knowing she was having an affair with you behind my back the gutter s**g.’
She pleaded not guilty to breaching the restraining order, through directly or indirectly contacting Ms Penticost, at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on April 27.
What is the Single Justice Procedure? How does it work?
In England, if you have been charged with a minor criminal offence, you may be able to have your case decided by a magistrate without going to court under the ‘single justice procedure’.
If this applies to you, you will get a single justice procedure notice when you are charged.
A magistrate will make a decision on your case without your say if you do not respond to your notice within 21 days. You could be found guilty or fined.
How to respond to your notice
Your notice will tell you who has brought the case against you, how to make a plea, and if you can make a plea online.
When you respond, you will need to say whether you plead guilty or not guilty.
PLEAD GUILTY – You can choose if you want to go to court.
If you do not go to court, the magistrate will make a decision based on the information they have. You will get a letter with the magistrates’s decision.
You can go to court if you want to give information to the magistrates in person. You will get a letter telling you when to go to court.
PLEAD NOT GUILTY – You have to go to court and give information to the magistrates in person.
You will get a letter telling you when to go to court.
If you do not respond to the single justice procedure notice
If you do not respond to the notice within 21 days, the magistrate will make a decision about your case without your say.
This could mean that if you are found guilty and sentenced, there will be no reduced sentence for a guilty plea. Your fine or penalty points may also be higher. Money may be taken from your pay or benefits.
Shamed model Katie Price’s long history of driving offences that has seen her banned from the road SIX times
2003 – Price escaped a speeding charge after police failed to arrest her within 12 weeks of allegedly clocking 70mph in a 40mph zone in her Range Rover.
2008 – After talking on the mobile phone while driving on April 18, Price landed three penalty points.
2009 – Price failed to provide the identity of the driver after her car was allegedly caught speeding in a 30mph zone and was later handed four penalty points after being clocked at 99mph and was handed four points on her licence.
2010 – Price was convicted for failing to be in proper control of her horsebox after veering into another lane in February and was given three points on her licence, bringing her total to 10. Then in December she was banned from driving for six months after doing 83mph in a 70mph zone in her home county of West Sussex.
2012 – Two years later, Katie was disqualified for 12 months for failing to respond to two speeding tickets in September.
2018 – Price landed a six-month ban in February 2018 for speeding after totting up 12 penalty points for speeding. In July, photos emerged of her driving while still banned. Then in October she was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and spent 13 hours in custody after crashing into a VW Golf and a hedge on a gated estate at 2am.
2019 – She was given a three-month ban for driving while disqualified in January of that year. And then in October, Price was banned from driving for a further 18 months for failing to inform police who was behind the wheel of her pink Range Rover during a crash in Bexley, South East London.
2021 – Price crashes her BMW car on a country road near her West Sussex home in the early hours of the morning in September after drinking and taking drugs. She pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates of drink driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.
2022 – Price is back in court charged with speeding and failing to provide information to the police.