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Katie 'used phone while driving'

Katie Price was seen by police using a mobile phone while driving a large pink horsebox, a court has heard.

She caused two other vehicles to move away as she drifted into their lane on the A23 in West Sussex on February 19, magistrates were told.

Prosecutors said the 32-year-old glamour model was seen on the phone for two to three seconds by two officers after they drove alongside her in a patrol vehicle following the "careless" manoeuvre.

Pc Phill Mann, of Sussex Police, told Mid Sussex Magistrates' Court in Haywards Heath that he saw Katie making a texting motion on an iPhone-type handset before pulling her over.

Katie, married to cagefighter Alex Reid, who was also in the vehicle, denied using a mobile phone and told the officer she had been spraying perfume, Pc Mann said.

She denies not being in proper control of a vehicle.

Katie, dressed in a fur-trimmed coat and black leggings, sat on a bench behind her lawyer, Nick Freeman, nicknamed Mr Loophole, as the evidence was heard.

When Katie, who also had children in the vehicle, was pulled over, she told Pc Mann that they had seen a perfume bottle and not a mobile phone, the court was told.

The case was adjourned before Tuesday lunchtime after Mr Freeman put forward a submission that the proceedings were "defective".

He argued that Katie should not be convicted because she was told at the time that she was being reported for using a mobile phone while driving and driving without due care and attention. Mr Freeman said she was not told either at the time or within 14 days afterwards that she would be summoned to court for not being in proper control of a vehicle.

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