No stranger to traffic violations, earlier this week actress Lindsay Lohan was arrested in New York City, for yet one more incident involving the operation of a motor vehicle. The incident in this case took place in an alley near the popular Dream Hotel. As she parked a Porsche SUV, she reportedly hit a pedestrian who then fell to the ground. Though after parking, both Lohan and her companion looked the vehicle over, neither made a move to acknowledge the incident and instead headed to a nightclub.
The man who was hit was taken to an area hospital where it was determined that he had torn tendons in one of knees. Though the man, a chef, claimed Lohan smelled like alcohol, these claims have not been substantiated.
It was upon her exit from the club that the actress was arrested by an officer with the New York Police Department. The arrest was made on the suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident.
Lohan's publicist does not seem overly concerned about her client's latest run-in with the law and there may be good reason for that. First, it appears that the allegation that Lohan was intoxicated when the incident occurred is unfounded. Reports are that upon her arrest she was not required to take a Breathalyzer test. Also, the entire incident was apparently caught on video which some say shows that the claims of the man allegedly hit by Lohan's vehicle are at best exaggerated.
While the charge Lohan could face of fleeing the scene of an accident is only a misdemeanor, it is likely that she is hoping the investigation that has been launched into the matter will determine that man's claims are false. This is because if she is convicted of the misdemeanor, she would be in violation of probation that is in connection to her 2007 DUI in California.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Lindsay Lohan: losing no sleep over NYC arrest," Matt Donnelly, Sept. 19, 2012