July 24, 2007

Lohan Booked for DUI/Cocaine Possession

The Associated Press is reporting that Lindsay Lohan was arrested a block away from the Santa Monica Police Department early this morning on two misdemeanor charges of suspicion of driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license, and two felony charges of possession of cocaine.

According to the AP, authorities received a call around 1:30 a.m. from the mother of the former personal assistant of Lohan who was traveling in a black Cadillac Escalade SUV. The mother reported that they were being chased by a white Denali SUV, apparently unaware that it was Lohan who was pursuing them. The personal assistant had quit her position with Lohan several hours before.

Police encountered both SUVs, and two people in a "heated debate," in the Santa Monica Civic Center parking lot, recognizing the driver of the Denali as Lohan. Lohan failed a standard field sobriety test (after reportedly refusing to take the Preliminary Alcohol Screening Device -- California's Breathalyzer -- used to determine alcohol levels in the bloodstream). According to the AP during pre-booking, cocaine was reportedly found in one of Lohan's pants pockets. A breath test was subsequently conducted revealing Lohan's blood alcohol to be between .12 percent and .13 percent. California's legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Just last week Lohan had turned herself into police to face drunk driving charges for a May 26th incident where she lost control of her Mercedes SL-65 and crashed into a curb on Sunset Boulevard. Lohan fled the scene, getting into a second car, which took her to a hospital in Century City for minor injuries, where police tracked her down. Her blood alcohol level was above the legal limit then as well and she still faces a hit-and-run misdemeanor charge in that case.

Lohan then spent most of June in Promises Malibu Alcohol and Drug Rehab Treatment Facility. She checked out less than two weeks ago on July 13th outfitted with an alcohol-monitoring bracelet. It was unclear whether Lohan was wearing her bracelet at the time of her arrest this morning.

The June stint at Promises was Lohan's second acknowledged visit to a drug and alcohol treatment center; the last took place in January.

Lohan was later released Tuesday morning on $25,000 bail.

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