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Vicki Newman

Katie Price's 'chaotic' life laid bare - poor, lonely and binging on vodka and cocaine

Katie Price 's chaotic life was depressingly laid bare yesterday as her defence solicitor pleaded to keep her out of prison.

Painting a picture of a lonely woman so desperate for company at 5am in the morning she got behind the wheel drunk and high on cocaine, Katie's own solicitor embarrassingly told the court she "doesn’t deal with problems."

The mum-of-five had been downing vodka and lemonades alone before feeling "lonely" and deciding to see a pal the night she committed her sixth driving offence.

A passerby later found her slumped in the passenger seat of her overturned BMW.

In her defence, solicitor Joe Harrington yesterday told the court that Katie has an "awful lot going on" at the moment.

He did not mention her Vegas trip post rehab.

Explaining she lives such a chaotic life a £7.50 charge for the Dartford Crossing spiralled into a £1,400 debt after she failed to pay, he added she had completed a stint in The Priory.

And it worked - the former glamour model swerved jail yesterday after admitting she could have killed someone when she crashed her car.

Katie, 43, confessed at the scene that she had been taking drugs and shouldn't be driving, and fans were horrified when they saw a picture of her car flipped on its side on a country road near her home.

Katie pleaded guilty after being charged with driving while unfit to drive through drink, using a motor vehicle in a public place without third party insurance and driving while disqualified.

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

She also owes the court £7,358, plus the £213 costs she was ordered to pay yesterday.

It's also been said that she's in danger of losing her 'Mucky Mansion' in Horsham as her bankruptcy rumbles on.

The court heard how Katie was pulled from the wreckage by a witness to her crash.

Prosecutor Jonathan Karani said Katie said at the scene of the crash: "I was just going to a friend's but I know I shouldn’t be driving."

The prosecution added that Katie had an alcohol level from a breath test of 66mg - almost twice the legal limit of 35mg.

She had consumed cocaine, vodka and lemonade before the crash.

Katie flipped her car in an early morning crash after drinking vodka and taking cocaine (PA)

Mr Harrington referenced the fact that Katie has five children as well as ongoing court matters with regards to bankruptcy.

He added: "Things tend to be complicated with this lady."

He asked for the court to consider imposing a community order or a suspended sentence, as well as a drink-drive rehabilitation course.

Katie has openly spoke about her mum Amy's terminal illness and how she may not have much longer with her.

She's also been looking forward to a 'quiet' Christmas with Harvey, 19, with her four other children - Junior, 16, Princess, 14, Jett, eight, and Bunny, seven - spending the festive period with their dads.

Announcing her sentence, District Judge Amanda Kelly said: "When you chose to get behind the wheel that night you showed no concern for others.

"You could have killed somebody. Your actions meant the emergency services had to use up their precious time. You knowingly and deliberately flouted a court order and not for the first time.

She was criticised for sharing a YouTube video of herself and Harvey and a throwback picture of Junior after her court date (Katie Price/Youtube)

"You seem to think you are above the law."

She told Kate she was "extremely lucky" that her sentencing had been deferred.

District Judge Kelly said: "I cannot send you to jail today even though you may deserve to spend Christmas behind bars.

"You are extremely lucky the magistrates on a previous occasion decided to defer their decision."

After Katie got backlash for posting a throwback picture of Junior on Instagram after walking free, her sister Sophie came to her defence.

Sophie had commented underneath the picture with blue heart emojis and someone asked her if she was "embarrassed" by Katie.

Her sibling hit back: "No, actually, I'm not embarrassed! I have a sibling who's taken responsibility for her actions...rightly so, and has been extremely honest and open about her mental health."

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