Katie: I'm a typical woman driver
Katie Price has blamed being a "typical woman driver" for veering into another lane on a busy road while driving her new pink horsebox.
She is accused of causing two other vehicles to move away as she drifted into their lane on the A23 at Bolney in West Sussex at 11.55am on February 19.
Prosecutors said the 32-year-old 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.
Giving evidence at her trial, Katie denied using her phone behind the wheel, insisting she had no reason to because the horsebox was equipped with handsfree bluetooth equipment.
Asked by prosecutor Rachel Beckett why she veered, she told Mid Sussex Magistrates' Court in Haywards Heath: "Because I'm a typical woman driver. I'm just not used to a lorry that big. I was probably a bit scared because it was on a motorway. I don't remember veering but it is quite difficult."
Katie was among eight people, including four adults and four children, travelling to Eurodisney in the vehicle, which she had driven only twice before.
She told the court everyone was in an "excitable mood" and they had shortly left a petrol station to buy sweets and refreshments for the journey when she was pulled over by police.
She told police in a statement that she may have been spraying perfume at the time when she was apparently seen using her mobile phone behind the wheel.
"I'm quite OCD," she told magistrates. "All my friends know that I'm always spraying perfume. I'm obsessed with it."
Katie, who the court heard has seven points on her licence, denies not being in proper control of a vehicle.