The star reportedly emailed Access Hollywood claiming that cocaine found in her pocket when she was arrested in Santa Monica, CA on Tuesday didn’t belong to her.
Lindsay Lohan, 21, is claiming her innocence after being arrested in California for DUI and cocaine possession on Tuesday, July 24, 2007. The actress/singer denied being under the influence on Wednesday, a day after the incident. The star reportedly emailed Access Hollywood claiming that cocaine found in her pocket when she was arrested in Santa Monica, CA on Tuesday didn’t belong to her. Many insiders stated that they were looking for her to go back to her old ways after 11 days of treatment and completing a stay at Promises treatment center in Malibu and that she was already showing signs of her previous habits.
“I am innocent,” Lohan said.
“I did not do drugs, they’re not mine … I appreciate everyone giving me my privacy.”
Lohan, who was being treated at a rehabilitation center on Wednesday, was pulled over by police after a car chase involving the mother of her personal assistant. The star allegedly chased her former assistant and mother in her SUV, who reportedly quit hours earlier. After the mother had picked up the former assistant, they noticed an SUV was chasing them and the mother called police and stated that she was heading Lindsay to the nearest police department.
Lohan’s blood alcohol level was between 0.12 and 0.13, well above California’s legal limit of 0.08.
She was charged with driving under the influence and drug possession with bail of $25,000.
The incident came just days Lindsay Lohan completed an alcohol treatment program. She enrolled in the program following her arrest in May on similar charges and even volunteered to wear a SCRAM monitoring device, which she wasn’t wearing at the time of her arrest.
According to celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos (Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder), Lindsay Lohan faces time behind bars due to this being the second DUI.
“Everybody talks about the second DUI and that’s the problem,” he said on Larry King Live on Tuesday.
“The prosecutor, depending on who it is and what they want to do, can allege she’s committed a new crime. That’s the real problem here. That’s where she faces some significant possibility of real jail time, not just the 96 hours that’s mandatory minimum for a second offense.”
“You’ve got that original felony and she’s out, you know, on her own recognizance and then picks up a second felony, you can put an allegation in there that potentially raises the stakes from just a – what would normally be a county jail case to a state prison case.”
“Is a plea bargain in the works? It’s not just a possibility, it’s an absolute reality. They’re not going to fight this. They’re going to go in there. They’re going to beg. They’re going to plead. And they’re going to do whatever they think they can to get a deal in this case.”
Since the incident happened in California, prosecutors can push for a minimum of four days in jail due to it being in close succession.