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Lindsay Lohan appears to have violated probation in Betty Ford clinic incident, officials say

Detectives in Palm Desert said they believe Lindsay Lohan violated her probation during an alleged physical altercation with a technician at the Betty Ford Center on Dec. 12 over whether she should take an alcohol test.

Police have asked Riverside County prosecutors to consider charging her with battery even though the victim, a worker at the Betty Ford clinic, has asked that the case be dropped.

“Regardless of whether the victim is cooperating, we believe there is a case here to press charges… and the investigation determined Ms. Lohan violated several aspects of her probation,” said Riverside County Sgt David Florez. “Obviously, the battery is one violation. We aren’t going to discuss the other violations at this point.”

He said sheriff’s investigators, who serve as Palm Desert police, will send a copy of their investigation to the Los Angeles County Probation Department, which is supervising Lohan’s probation for a 2007 DUI conviction.

“It is expected that this investigation will be sent to the district attorney’s office later this week," Florez said.

Law enforcement sources told The Times they believe Lohan's failure to comply with the technician’s request for an alcohol breathalyzer is also a potential probation violation.

The announcement by Riverside County authorities comes as Lohan left the Betty Ford facility late Monday, having completed a three-month court-ordered stay at the facility. In October, over a prosecutor’s protests, Beverly Hills Judge Elden S. Fox spared the actress jail time after she tested positive for drugs, ordering her to stay at the center through Jan. 3.

He warned Lohan that he would put her in jail for six months if she violated probation again. It was her fifth time in rehab and she has already been to jail three times in connection with the case. Her stay at Betty Ford had been uneventful until Dec. 12 when, in the early morning hours, authorities got a 911 call from a halfway house in the city. Responding officers discovered the aftermath of an altercation. Technician Dawn Holland claimed that Lohan pushed her and hurt her wrist as the actress allegedly tried to yank a phone out of Holland's hand. Holland later spoke to TMZ.com and was promptly fired by the Betty Ford Center for breaching confidentiality.

Last week, Holland's attorney, Keith Davidson, said the technician had decided she no longer wanted to pursue prosecution and that, as a recovering addict herself, she sympathized with Lohan. Davidson sent a fax to Riverside County investigators saying she no longer wanted to press charges.

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-- Richard Winton

 
Comments () | Archives (10)

Yes she just does what she wants to do & don'nt want anyone to question her, to many time she just acts up * she want change. Need to be lock down

she needs to pay her debt to society. just because she a celeberty doesn't give her the key to the city. any other joe blow who screws up gets the book thrown at them with no ?????? asked put her away and throw away the key.

When those probation jerks get their teeth in you, there's no letting go. She's been to rehab FIVE friggin times? Jailed THREE times, on a DUI? Give it a rest, J2@ck off Riverside county Sheriffs.

Enough of this nonsense, lock her up like any other tax paying citizen would be. Sick of this nonsense.

Lindsay needs to be doin' some hard time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What an ungrateful spoiled little girl. She has made a mockery of our justice system on national TV. Sending a message to those with money, that they are above the law.

Has she learned anything....obviously not !

I think something happen before the person says she don't want to pursue the charges.

Dragging someone through the justice system for years and making her life a living hell. Yep That is the penalty American citizens pay for a simple DUI conviction. The poor girl made a mistake and now the State of California wants her to pay for it for the rest of her life, rather than letting her find some semblance of normalcy so she can contribute something back to society. I am shocked and appalled at the continuous systematic attack on this young girl. She is being made an example for political gain. That is not justice.

Why are you so hard on her and not Charlie Sheen ?

This entire matter would have been kept quiet except that Lindsey called the Police to report she was being abused. Police had to respond, when they questioned people there the real story came out. Why did she call the cops? Remember when she chased the people in Santa Monica and drove to the police station? Her thinking seems to be somewhat impared. Years of drug use will do that. I hope that she will be able to find her way to being sober, many do not. I believe she is has mental illness being exagerated by the drug use. Lindsey, you don't have to live this way anymore! You are only 24 there is hope but you have to want it.


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