Lindsay Lohan's electronic monitoring system goes off; authorities investigate
Lindsay Lohan's house-arrest electronic monitoring system may have gone on the blink this week, leading probation officials to visit the actress' Venice townhouse, where she was watching her 3-D TV, reading scripts and posing for tabloid photographs on her rooftop patio.
Lohan is serving about 35 days under house detention, instead of spending time in jail, after her conviction for shoplifting a necklace from a Venice jewelry store in January.
The "Mean Girls" actress is required to wear an ankle monitoring device that randomly checks via a base unit that she is within the premises of her home. Law enforcement sources told The Times that her monitoring unit went off Tuesday, though it's unclear why.
Steve Honig, a spokesman for the actress, said in a statement to the Times, "They came as part of standard procedure to make sure the monitoring equipment was working properly."
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Lohan is restricted to the premises, including the home's exterior areas, for the period of detention. Lohan is allowed visitors but cannot consume alcohol or narcotics and is subject to random tests if officials desire, he said. Probation officials can also enter her home at any time to check she is in compliance with her probation and custody requirements, he said.
The actress was sentenced on May 11 to 120 days in jail, but overcrowding at the jail facility and state rules will reduce the time she must be confined to her home.
Last week, Lohan appeared in several photo spreads on tabloid websites, which showed her lounging on the rooftop or reading scripts.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Lindsay Lohan enters the Los Angeles County Superior Court's Airport Branch on March 10. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times