Media personality Katie Price avoided being put behind bars for Christmas on Wednesday, when a judge handed her a 16-week suspended jail sentence for driving while disqualified and without insurance.

The 43-year-old was involved in a crash near her Sussex home on 28 September – a collision which has also seen her banned from driving for two years.

Crawley Magistrates’ Court was told a drugs wipe came back positive for cocaine, while a roadside breath test identified 66mgs of alcohol in the star’s system.

Price had previously admitted the offences when she appeared at the court a day after the crash. Her sentencing was adjourned on the condition she received treatment at the Priory Centre, did not re-offend, and did not get behind the wheel before the next hearing.

The reality star met these conditions, which led District Judge Amanda Kelly to say the public “may be appalled to hear that I can’t send you to jail today”.

“But the law says that when a person has complied with the terms of their release then you have a legitimate expectation not to be sent to prison today, even though you deserve to spend Christmas behind bars,” she said.

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They weren’t the only harsh words delivered to Price by DJ Kelly, who informed the court that the celebrity has previously been banned from driving on five occasions.

“You appear to think that you are above the law. You have one of the worst driving records I have seen,” she commented.

Twitter users have also been critical of the star’s actions and sentence following the news:

Alongside receiving her sixth driving ban, Price was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, pay £213 and complete 20 sessions of rehabilitation work.

Addressing the court, defence lawyer Joe Harrington said her client was “a lady with a lot of things going on”.

“She has five children who she has contributed greatly to the care of.

“In terms of her son Harvey she has been the only adult in his life.

“Between 2020-21 she had a serious accident, causing damage to her heels. She is also in the bankruptcy court.”

“It’s a complicated driving history. Things tend to be quite complicated with this lady. She does not deal with her problems, particularly with paperwork,” he added.

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