Katie Price has thanked her supporters and insisted she’s aware the damage her actions could have caused in a statement shared a day after she was handed a suspended sentence following her September drink-drive arrest.
On Wednesday the reality star, 43, was spared jail by District Judge Amanda Kelly, despite Kelly insisting Price ‘deserves to spend Christmas behind bars’.
Returning to social media to share a statement on the matter, her first time speaking publicly about the incident since the suspended sentence, Katie said she was spending time getting better and working on her mental health.
In a post shared to her Stories, she wrote: ‘I would like to thank my family my children, my mum, dad, sister, brother, my partner Carl, Leigh, and my friends who have supported me throughout these past few months.
‘It’s been a really difficult time and I’m incredibly sorry for my actions – I’m sincerely grateful nobody was hurt – I realise the damage my actions could have caused not only to another family, but to my own as well.’
Price added: ‘I’m now spending time getting better – mental health is a [hidden] illness and can strike at any time.
‘The triggers that cause my anxiety and behaviour are something I’m trying to understand, come to terms with, and learn to control moving forward.
‘This will be a long process for myself and something I’ll continue to work on for the rest of my life.
‘It’s also something I can work on with my family so we can progress on a new chapter together.’
She went on: ‘Thank you for all the messages of goodwill that I’ve received.
‘I’m going to surround myself with my loving family and friends and continue doing the work I love as it brings me enjoyment and helps my mental health.
‘Thank you everyone.’
YesterdayPrice was given a 16-week sentence suspended for 12 monthsby District Judge Amanda Kelly, as well as a two-year driving ban at Crawley Magistrates’ Court for the driving offence while being disqualified and not having insurance.
Judge Kelly told Price she was unable to send her to prison because she had complied with requirements of the court including attending a rehabilitation centre and not to commit further offences.
It’s since emerged police are considering appealing the suspended sentence.
Jonathan Karani, prosecuting, told the court that Price was involved in the collision on the B2135 near Partridge Green on September 28.
She had been driving to visit a nearby friend when the crash occurred at around 6.20am, but no witnesses had been identified with Price’s vehicle being discovered by a member of the public.
When he approached the vehicle, which had flipped on to its left side, he found Price slumped in the passenger seat. He pulled her out of the window.
Police arrived shortly afterwards and she admitted she should not have been driving, the court heard.
Price admitted the offences in a hearing at the same court on September 29.
At that hearing, her sentencing was adjourned on the condition that she have treatment at the Priory Centre, not commit any further offences, and be banned from driving in the interim.
Price was given a 16-week jail sentence suspended for 12 months, a two-year driving ban, 100 hours unpaid work, 20 sessions of rehabilitation work with probation, and was ordered to pay £213.
District Judge Kelly told the court that Price already owed £7,358 in relation to previous offences.
She told the defendant: ‘You appear to think that you are above the law.
‘You have one of the worst driving records I have seen. You have been banned from driving on five occasions.
‘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.’Credit: Original article published here.