FORMER glamour model Katie Price punched the air in court yesterday after a drink-driving charge was dropped.
But she was banned from driving for three months after being convicted of being nearly twice the limit while in charge of her pink Range Rover.
Price, 40, was found in a drunken state on the back seat of the car in south-east London last October, Bexley magistrates court was told.
Two police officers saw the car veer off the road in Greenwich and hit a verge. When they approached it 15 minutes later, they noted the bumper was damaged and had shrubbery and vomit on it.
PC Benjamin Jones said: ‘Her eyes were blurred and her speech was a bit slurred. Although she was sitting, it was in a slumped position.’
Price told the court she had drunk between three and four ‘pornstar martini’ cocktails at her passenger Kris Boyson’s 30th birthday party.
She said she let a stranger, a friend of Mr Boyson, drive the car and did not remember a crash. ‘I was really drunk. I’m such a lightweight,’ she said.
Judge Nigel Dean found she had been in possession of the key fob at the time of the arrest, during which police saw the engine, lights and heating come on.
He ordered a charge of drink-driving to be dropped because prosecutors offered insufficient evidence.
He imposed a three-month ban after finding her guilty of being over the limit while in charge of the car. She had 69mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath — the limit is 35mcg. It adds to an earlier ban for driving while disqualified.
Outside court, Price said: ‘I was never drink-driving despite what everyone was saying. It got proven today there was no evidence at all of me drink-driving so I rest my case on that. I chose to be disqualified for three months because it adds to my disqualification that I’m already on.
‘I get my driving licence back on May 24 which means I can go car shopping — let’s ban the pink car.’
She was ordered to pay £2,245 in a fine and costs.