Dina Lo­han charged with drunk driv­ing in New York

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

FARM­ING­DALE, N.Y. — Lind­say Lo­han’s mother is fac­ing an ag­gra­vated drunken driv­ing charge in New York fol­low­ing a traf­fic stop on Long Is­land.

State po­lice say Dina Lo­han, 50, was stopped on the North­ern State Park­way in Nas­sau County at 11 p.m. Thurs­day af­ter troop­ers clocked her driv­ing a BMW at 77 mph (124 km/h) in a 55-mph (88 km/h) zone.

She took a breath test that pegged her blood-al­co­hol level at 0.20 per cent, po­lice said. That’s more than twice New York’s le­gal limit of 0.08 per cent.

Lo­han was brought to a state po­lice bar­racks in Farm­ing­dale, is­sued tick­ets for driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated and speed­ing then re­leased to a “sober third party,” state po­lice said in a news re­lease. She is due in court Sept. 24.

Po­lice called an am­bu­lance and had medics ex­am­ine Lo­han af­ter she com­plained she had been hurt dur­ing the ar­rest. No in­juries were found and Lo­han sub­se­quently re­canted the claim, po­lice said.

Phone calls and emails seek­ing comment from a lawyer and pub­li­cist who have rep­re­sented Lo­han in the past weren’t im­me­di­ately re­turned.

The traf­fic stop hap­pened about 40 kilo­me­tres east of New York City and about 15 kilo­me­tres from Lo­han’s home in Mer­rick.

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