Lindsay Lohan's car incident could threaten her probation
Lindsay Lohan's probation could be threatened by an allegation she hit a man with her car outside a Hollywood club early Wednesday morning only if the person files a police report and she is found to have fled the scene, legal experts said.
The incident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. at a parking lot in the 6500 block of Hollywood Boulevard, said Officer Norma Eisenman. Lohan was surrounded by paparazzi and was trying to negotiate a U-turn in a parking lot when her car brushed the leg of the man, reportedly a manager at a nearby club.
The actress left the area but Eisenman said the department at this time does not consider it a hit-and-run.
"We are not commenting until we have gathered all the facts," Steve Honig, a spokesman for Lohan, said Wednesday.
Dmitry Gorin, a well-known criminal defense attorney, said police can only initiate a probe if the victim files a complaint.
"A hit-and-run would be a violation of her probation," he said. "She was ordered to obey all laws. Leaving the scene of an accident is a violation of Vehicle Code section 20002," he said
According to the LAPD, the man called police, who took down the information but did not make an official report because at that point he was not deemed to be injured.
Officers did not contact Lohan, Eisenman said.
Lohan has been on probation since a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence. Since then she also has been convicted of shoplifting and is currently on probation for both offenses.
The 25-year-old actress has been sent to jail several times for violating the terms of probation. But in the last few months under a strict regime of community service at the morgue and counseling, a judge has praised her behavior and may take her off supervised probation later this month.
-- Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Lindsay Lohan, with her attorney Shawn Holley at left, in court two months ago. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times