SANTA MONICA, Calif (AP) _ Lindsay Lohan, who just finished a second stint in rehab for substance abuse treatment, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and possession of cocaine early Tuesday, authorities said.
Lohan, who is already facing a drunken driving charge in Beverly Hills, was stopped near the Santa Monica Police Department after authorities were called about a car chasing another vehicle, said Sgt. Shane Talbot.
Authorities conducted a field sobriety test and then transported Lohan to the police department.
A breath test was conducted and her blood alcohol was between .12 per cent and .13 per cent, Talbot said. California’s legal limit is 0.08 per cent.
The 21-year-old actress was booked on two misdemeanour charges of suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on a suspended licence and two felony charges of possession of cocaine and transport of a narcotic, Talbot said.
During a pre-booking search, police found cocaine in one of Lohan’s pants pockets, Talbot said.
Lohan has been released on $25,000 bail, police said. A call to Lohan’s publicist was not immediately returned.
Police said they received a call around 1:30 a.m. from passengers in a black Cadillac Escalade sport utility vehicle who said they were being chased by a white Denali SUV. Police met up with the SUVs in the parking lot of Santa Monica’s Civic Center, about a block away from the police department.
When police approached the Denali, they recognized Lohan as the driver. The passengers in the other vehicle apparently know Lohan, but did not realize she was chasing them.
Lohan had two passengers in her vehicle. There were three people in the other vehicle, police said.
Last week, Lohan turned herself in to Beverly Hills police to face charges of driving under the influence in connection with a Memorial Day weekend hit-and-run crash.
Lohan’s blood-alcohol level at the time of that crash was above the legal limit, authorities said. They wouldn’t disclose how high it was. She also faces a misdemeanour charge of hit and run in that case.
Lohan and two other adults were in her 2005 Mercedes SL-65 convertible when she lost control and crashed into a curb and shrubs on Sunset Boulevard on May 26, police said.
Lohan got into a second car and was driven to a hospital in Century City for minor injuries, police said. The others in her car were not hurt.
Officers received a 911 call about the accident and traced her to the hospital.
Two weeks ago, Lohan checked out of a rehabilitation centre after more than six weeks. In January she also had checked into rehab for substance abuse treatment.