Dina Lohan Charged With Drunken Driving
While Lindsay Lohan works to keep her nose clean after her most recent stint in rehab, her mother has found herself in hot water.
The actress's 50-year-old mother, Dina Lohan, was arrested on charges of drunk driving on Long Island, New York, on Thursday night.
The stage mom was pulled over at 11 p.m. for allegedly speeding in a white BMW on the Northern State Parkway. Police say Dina was driving 77 mph in a 55 mph zone, and she was "found to be intoxicated" during the routine stop.
Dina, who has four children, was arrested and charged with DWI and Aggravated DWI after a breath test found her blood alcohol concentration to be .20 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit. She was also given a speeding ticket.
At the Farmington Police Station, Dina claimed she was injured during the arrest. An ambulance was called, and she was evaluated. According to police, no injuries were found and she then recanted her allegation.
She was released to a sober third party and is scheduled to appear in Nassau County District Court on September 24.
Dina's attorney, Mark Jay Heller, issued the following statement about his client to "omg! Insider": "Dina Lohan is a good person. Her life has been dedicated to her four children. She has worked hard her entire life and she has been 'Parent Trapped' with the entire world watching her in a fishbowl with murky water due to no fault of her own. She appreciates the grave seriousness of this matter and is mindful that the Nassau County District Attorney considers these types of cases a top priority. But as an attorney with 45 years of experience, I am confident that as a first time offender, with absolutely no prior record, that the Judicial System will treat Dina Lohan with even-handed fairness."
Throughout Lindsay's ongoing personal problems, which include multiple arrests, probation violations, and six stints in rehab, Dina has been a controversial figure. Initially, it was because she was seen out with her daughter at nightclubs, both when Lindsay was underage and later when she was in and out of treatment facilities.
However, in recent years, Dina has made headlines of her own, the most memorable of which was an appearance on "Dr. Phil" last fall in which she appeared out of it, mumbled, and was fidgety. She later denied she had been drinking during the interview. Around the same time, police responded to a domestic violence call at her Merrick, New York, home after she and Lindsay had a dispute. Dina's ex-husband, Michael Lohan, with whom she has had a combative relationship, subsequently released a taped phone conversation he had with Lindsay earlier that night in which the "Liz & Dick" actress claimed her mother had been using cocaine. Lindsay later said she made up the story and her mother was not using drugs.
Lindsay has not yet commented on her mother's arrest. Since she left rehab last month, she appears to be trying to make a fresh start. That has included a deal with Oprah Winfrey for a docuseries about starting over, and several new acting roles, including a guest spot on "Eastbound & Down," for which she has received positive feedback.
But Lindsay's dad and Dina's ex-husband, Michael Lohan, offered his reaction to the arrest in an interview with "omg! Insider."
"At first, shock," Michael said of his response to the news. "But then, you know, you can't keep doing the same thing over and over again and not expect it to catch up to you. It's unfortunate though. The kids don't need this at their point in their life. Lindsay's on a great path and it's hurtful. But it could work out for the better. I mean if she finally goes and gets treatment."
When asked if his ex-wife should go to rehab, Michael was emphatic.
"Of course … It's kind of evident from the past situations she's been in, in the Hamptons and 'Dr. Phil' and so on and so forth that she needs to do something about it," he said. "Maybe this is what's going to turn her life around."
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