UPDATED May 27, 2007) Lindsay Lohan was in a car accident at approximately 5:30 AM Saturday morning, following a widely-reported night of partying, and was cited for suspicion of DUI, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department.
The accident occurred at the corner of Sunset and Foothill. Lohan was driving and had two passengers riding in her 2005 Mercedes Benz. An eyewitness called the cops via 911 when they saw the car strike the curb, but Lohan and the passengers had left by the time cops arrived.
Lt. Mitch McCann said it appeared the actress was speeding, and that officers investigating the crash found a “usable amount” of a drug tentatively identified as cocaine. He declined to say where the drug was found but that “it was not on her person.”
After the crash, Lohan got into a second car and was driven to a hospital in nearby Century City for treatment of minor injuries and was then released.
The two other people in her car were not hurt.
Officers received a 911 call about the accident and arrested Lohan at the hospital for investigation of misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, McCann said.
She was released from custody because she was admitted to the hospital, police said.
McCann declined to comment on Lohan’s blood-alcohol level. He said the case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office where the actress could face more charges, including felonies. Her tentative arraignment date is Aug. 24.
Lindsay’s estranged father, Michael Lohan, gave a statement to X-17 ONLINE, which reads:
“Lindsay needs to find God, get better, clean house and start all over again with the people who were there for her at the beginning: her family. Too many people are around Lindsay for the wrong reasons. They want to see what they can get from her instead of caring about Lindsay herself. Im her father. I dont want anything from her but her love and to be her father first. Im here for Lindsay as a father and a father only.
And its about time that her mother Dina stop building up the walls of division between myself and my childrenespecially Lindsay. And if Dina really cares about our children--especially Lindsay-- then she should do the right thing so we can both be there as parents. Because what Lindsay needs are both parents. I wish Dina would put things aside and act the way God wants us to: right the wrongs and not compound the wrongs.
I hope Lindsay finally gets the help that she needs. I want her to know that her Daddy is here for her.”
Lohan publicist Leslie Sloane Zelnik has not yet responded to calls and emails seeking comment.
The crash was Lohan’s third accident in about two years. In October 2005, Lohan and a passenger received minor injuries when her convertible hit a van in West Hollywood. Authorities said the van driver, who also received minor injuries, was at fault. Months earlier, Lohan collided with a minivan when she made a U-turn as the van, carrying paparazzi, followed her from a Los Angeles restaurant. A photographer was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon but prosecutors declined to charge him.
The young actresss latest movie, Georgia Rule, opened two weeks ago to poor reviews and even worse box office numbers.
X17 photographer Marcello Volpe saw Lindsay leaving the party in the Hollywood Hills Saturday morning around 5 am and described her as looking “completely wasted.” He said, “It looked like Lindsay had been partying all night and she appeared to be in no condition to drive.”
MORE DETAILS -
Midnight (Fri. into Sat.) - Lindsay left her condo and headed to Les Deux nightclub in her black GMC SUV, driven by her bodyguard Jaz
3 AM - Lindsay left Les Deux and went to a private house party in the Hollywood Hills
4 AM - Lindsay left the party looking inebriated, according to our photographer, and made a pit stop at the Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel
4:45 AM - Lindsay left the Skybar and headed back to her condo on Doheny Drive (until this point she was being driven by someone else in the SUV)
5:15 AM - Lindsay leaves her condominium building in her black Mercedes SL 65 convertible and loses control of the car (a V12) just a few blocks away
5:25 AM - Lindsay flees the scene of the accident, where her car “hit some bushes,” according to Sergeant Mike Foxen of the BHSD
5:30 AM - the Beverly Hills Sheriff’s Department receives a call from a witness to the accident and officers head to the scene to investigate
6:30 AM - Lindsay’s car is towed from the scene of the accident at Foothill and Sunset