Arrest Warrant Issued for Lindsay Lohan
Posted: Friday, April 10th, 2009 at 3:57 pm
LOS ANGELES–Beverly Hills police said a $50,000 arrest warrant has been issued for actress Lindsay Lohan on Wednesday. This warrant stemmed from Lohan’s 2007 drunk-driving conviction in the Beverly Hills Superior Court. It is the police officers’ hopes that the actress will turn herself in, but until then they will be on the lookout for the actress.
While officials declined to state the exact reason for Lohan’s warrant, celebrity website TMZ.com said that Lohan was not in compliance with the terms of her probation, which had stipulated her enrollment in an alcohol education program. According to TMZ, Lohan had switched programs, and was prevented by paparazzi from attending a recent class. This caused a program director to notify the court, which in turn issued the warrant.
In a statement to the television show “EXTRA,” attorney Shawn Chapman Holley said Lohan has been in compliance with all terms and conditions of her probation and all orders of the court. Holley also claimed the warrant was issued because of a misunderstanding, and stated that she is confident the matter will be cleared up soon. Holley stated that she would appear in court on Monday on her client’s behalf of her client.
Beverly Hills Police Lieutenant Mark Rosen hopes that Ms. Lohan will surrender in order to resolve the matter in a timely fashion.
The 22-year-old celebrity spent 84 days behind bars in November 2007 for cocaine possession and a drunken driving conviction. She had been arrested the previous May after crashing her Mercedes Benz into a tree in Beverly Hills. In July of 2007 she was arrested for a car chase in the Los Angeles beach community of Santa Monica.
At the time, she released a statement through her publicist that said she knew that her life has become unmanageable because of her addiction to alcohol and drugs.
Lohan was placed on probation for three years. A prosecutor warned that she if she violated the terms of the probation, she could face up to a year in jail on each of the drunk-driving and cocaine charges and 90 days on the reckless-driving charge. Failing to complete a drug test or report to her probation officer would constitute violation of the probation terms.
Lohan’s attorney and publicist did not return phone calls immediately when asked for comments.
A court hearing was scheduled on Monday morning, and police said they were not actively trying to serve the warrant. The Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman, Sandi Gibbons, says they do not know exactly what the warrant is about and that the court contacted the defense directly, not them. Gibbons also said that The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has not been formally advised that a warrant was issued.