Porsche crash has Lindsay Lohan under police scrutiny
Lindsay Lohan could face more charges in the coming days.
Santa Monica police said they have found evidence that the actress lied when she claimed she was not behind the wheel of a Porsche that collided with a dump truck earlier this year.
Santa Monica city prosecutor are now weighing whether to file charges.
New charges could be considered a violation of her 2011 parole for shoplifting and lead to her returning to L.A. County jail. Lohan was praised by a judge earlier this year for completing her probation and seemingly moving on with her career.
Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis said an investigation had determined that Lohan was driving the Porsche during the June collision. The finding contradicts statements the actress made after the crash to law enforcement officers. The Los Angeles County district attorney has already determined the matter is not worthy of a felony filing and referred the matter to the Santa Monica prosecutor's office to determine if the false statement amounts to a violation of the law, according to prosecutors.
Santa Monica City Atty. Terry White did not return calls for comment. The office is expected to take action this week on the case.
Lohan received probation for a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence. She was later convicted of shoplifting from a Venice jeweler.
Lohan was sent to jail several times for violating the terms of her probation. But she eventually complied with a strict regimen of community service at the county morgue and counseling under the watchful eye of Judge Stephanie Sautner. In March, the judge ended her probation in the DUI case and reduced the shoplifting probation to unsupervised status. But a new charge would mean Sautner could revoke Lohan's probation; the judge has repeatedly warned the actress that if she slips up in any way she would return her to jail.
Following the collision, Lohan was released after a few hours and did not suffer major injuries, her publicist announced. She resumed work on her Lifetime TV movie in which she portrays Elizabeth Taylor.
The crash occurred during an upswing in Lohan's fortunes after several years of police-blotter incidents and a parade of court appearances. Lohan has said she learned her lessons from those experiences.
— Richard Winton
Photo: Actress Lindsay Lohan leaves the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles after a progress report hearing in March. Credit: Christina House / For The Times