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Did Lindsay Lohan catch a minty-fresh break after arrest No. 2 in 2007?

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So, is that a breath mint in your pocket, or are you just excited to see me throw it in the trash?

An intriguing detail has emerged, courtesy of TMZ, about the handling of evidence after Lindsay Lohan‘s July 2007 arrest after a car chase in Santa Monica. It was her second DUI-related arrest that year; in a plea bargain, the penalties on the two incidents were rolled into one punishment -- the one with probation LiLo’s still struggling to complete.

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According to the police report obtained by TMZ, an officer involving in booking Lohan found a card with an ‘unknown substance caked on to the surface’ in the actress’ back pocket; some of the substance, he said, fell to the floor.

After initially thinking the caked-on substance ‘was a wet crushed breath mint,’ he wrote, he tossed the card in the trash, then looked at the floor some more, then realized the powder looked more like cocaine than, say, an under-the-weather Altoid. Then he pulled the card out of the trash.

But then, perhaps, it was too late -- for successful prosecution, at least.

Lohan, whose urine tested positive for cocaine, pleaded guilty to two counts of being under the influence of cocaine and no contest to two counts of DUI. However, a drug possession charge, much like the unknown but probably not minty-fresh substance, was dropped.

(For those who click the TMZ link, be aware that the accompanying photo is a composite illustration, not a news image.)

-- Christie D’Zurilla

Still unclear on exactly how LiLo wound up in civil and criminal court? Check out the Ministry’s detailed Lindsay Lohan timeline for the highlights since 2006.

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