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Judge calls emergency hearing after Lindsay Lohan's monitoring alarm goes off

June 8, 2010 |  2:20 pm
Actress Lindsay Lohan, left, with attorney Shawn Chapman Holley, 
during hearing in Beverly Hills.

A judge has ordered L.A. prosecutors and Lindsay Lohan’s attorney into court in Beverly Hills Tuesday afternoon amid reports that the court-ordered alcohol-monitoring device went off Sunday evening.

The alarm sounded the night Lohan attended MTV's Movie Awards.

The hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m.

A source told The Times it's unclear why the alarm went off. The device alerts a monitoring company if it is tampered with or the person wearing consumes alcohol. The monitoring company reports to the Los Angeles County Probation Department and the Superior Court judge in Beverly Hills who is handling Lohan's case.

Judge Marsha Revel will then decide whether the alarm constitutes a violation of the actress' bail agreement related to a probation violation on a 2007 drunk driving case. Revel ordered Lohan to wear the device on her ankle and told her not to consume alcohol.

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because that person was not authorized to speak about the case.

Revel could order the immediate revocation of the 23-year-old actress’ bail and send her to jail if she determines she violated the conditions of her release.

The device checks for traces of alcohol in the perspiration of the user. Any effort to tamper with the 10-ounce monitor immediately sends out an alert. The device was fitted on Lohan’s ankle at the courthouse following a May 24 hearing. 

Her attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Lindsay Lohan in court last month. Associated Press