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Frightening driver turned out to be Lohan


Richard Winton
Los Angeles Times

   LOS ANGELES -- Authorities on Thursday released an audiotape of a 911 call that led to Lindsay Lohan's arrest Tuesday. In it, the mother of the actress' former personal assistant can be heard frantically pleading for help because a mysterious SUV was following her through Santa Monica.
   Police later said the SUV was driven by the 21-year-old actress, who was subsequently arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and cocaine possession.
   The woman contacted a Santa Monica police dispatcher at 1:34 a.m. Tuesday, just hours after the woman's daughter had quit as one of Lohan's assistants, police said.
   Santa Monica Police Lt. Alex Padilla said the call led police officers to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium parking lot, where they found Lohan and the woman and subsequently arrested the actress.
   ``We were just about to park our car. We are turning home and out of nowhere a huge white GMC came up,'' the woman told the dispatcher. ``We're being followed by a GMC. Oh, my God, sir, they're following us. We need help.'' During the nearly three-minute 911 call, the woman can be heard describing her movements through Santa Monica's downtown. The dispatcher repeatedly asked the woman where she was going. The woman eventually said, ``We are heading for the police station.'' ``Oh, my God, what is he doing?'' the woman in near hysterics yelled as the dispatcher asked what the GMC was doing.
   The woman drove her black Cadillac Escalade into the Civic Auditorium parking lot, about a block from the police station, followed by Lohan driving a Yukon sport utility vehicle, police said.
   ``They're in front of HQ now,'' the dispatcher can be heard saying. ``Roll somebody code. Ma'am, what's going on there? Hello? Hello? Ma'am? Hello?''
   Police soon arrived at the parking lot, where the woman identified Lohan's vehicle as the one that followed her.
   Blair Berk, an attorney for the actress, who was arrested in May on suspicion of drunk driving and has twice been in rehab this year, said Lohan suffered a relapse.
   ``Addiction is a terrible and vicious disease,'' Berk said. 

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