Lindsay Lohan brought the drama Monday morning, showing up almost an hour late for a court hearing at which she eventually copped a last-minute plea deal that’ll send her to to a locked-down rehab facility for 90 days.
The drama actually started the night before, with Lohan reportedly skipping one flight Saturday and skipping off of another on Sunday right before it took off for L.A. from JFK. That put her in the position of having to hunt down a private jet to get her where she needed to go in time for the 8:30 a.m. hearing Monday. She reportedly left New York around 6 a.m. Eastern time, after tweeting thanks to the Mr. Pink beverage company for a ride.
Even so, she didn’t pull up in front of the Airport Courthouse till almost 9:20 a.m. She appeared to have gotten a pass from the judge, however, as negotiations ensued and the case was called a little before noon.
His only admonition to her during the proceedings was, “Don’t drive.” But only a suggestion, that.
So back to the results: The 90 days in rehab — no day passes to get out, mind you — comes with an order of 18 months of psychotherapy and 30 days of community labor, and is in response to Lohan’s no contest pleas Monday to misdemeanor reckless driving and providing false information to police stemming from an accident on PCH in last June (a third charge was dropped). Five days in jail for reckless driving will be absorbed into the rehab stint.
Both the rehab and the community service can be done in New York, the judge said, so long as the court is satisfied with the facility and labor program chosen — and Lohan doesn’t have to show up for progress hearings in L.A. as long as she’s in compliance with the deal.
The other matter at hand, whether the “Liz & Dick” actress violated probation, earned a mea culpa from Lilo, for which she got a suspended 180-day jail sentence that will stay suspended if she fulfills all requirements of the current deal.
Miscellaneous requirements of the deal, which lands her on probation for two years, include one biggie: She has to submit to search of her person and belongings by law enforcement at any time, no warrant required.
“I am pleased with the outcome,” Santa Monica’s chief Deputy City Attorney Terry White told L.A. Now. “We got what we offered.”
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