I think that most everyone will agree that the Just Say No anti-drug campaign of the ’80s was a failure. Too vague! We need a reason to say no. I mean, drugs can be appealing. After all, we read about our favorite celebs doing them right and left. (Allegedly.) But I have an idea. Lindsay Lohan is looking for work, right? How about she becomes our official poster girl for why Drugs ‘R Bad? Kill two birds with one stone!
Lindsay was ordered to appear in Beverly Hills Municipal Court for a progress report on her 2007 drunk driving case today. The judge issued a stern warning to Lindsay to make her DUI probation “a priority” or face possible jail time. (Hmm, maybe 84 minutes like last time?)
The fed-up judge ordered Lindsay to court in person Friday because her mandatory 18-month alcohol education program reported her missing for more than 21 days. “I don’t want to get any notices again that you may have violated (your probation),” Judge Marsha Revel said. “I want you to be able to have your livelihood and have your work, but I also don’t want you to have some special privileges where you’re thumbing your nose at the court.”
The judge issued a separate bench warrant back in March after a different program reported Lindsay missing. The star must complete the program after pleading guilty to drunken driving and cocaine charges from two arrests in 2007.
Lindsay’s lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley argued that Lindsay received a work-related furlough for her most recent absence and unintentionally failed to give a “date certain” for her return. “She’s been extremely busy,” Holley said, pointing to Lindsay Lohan’s clothing line for Ungaro, her narration of a BBC documentary on the trafficking of women in India and a record album. (Really? Have we heard about this?)
Read more about Lindsay Lohan’s day in court after the jump.
Holley said Lindsay was back at the program Thursday and already had completed 15 of 26 group sessions, 13 of 26 individual sessions, all 6 alcohol education classes and 13 of 28 self-help classes. Holley asked to extend Lindsay Lohan’s probation another year with the understanding that once Lindsay finishes all the classes, she can ask the court to terminate probation any time after the original three years is up.
The judge agreed and also ordered Lindsay to get court approval anytime she plans to be gone for three weeks or more. “It’s not to go shopping, it’s not to go visiting, it’s not to go vacationing,” she said. “You can do all that when you’re done with this program.” The judge said Lindsay must report back to the program within two days of her return or face possible jail time. “I do need to get your attention so you know how serious this is. This has to have priority,” Revel said. “This could have been done a long time ago. This is the last time we’re going to be talking about re-enrolling and doing what you need to do. This is it.” She said Lindsay should think twice about extending any trips without court approval.
“Your life is followed. So it’s not like you can just hide out and I’m going to think that you’re doing everything you’re supposed to,” the judge admonished.
The DUI case started when an intoxicated Lindsay crashed a Mercedes-Benz into a tree in Beverly Hills in May 2007. (It seems like just yesterday!) She racked up another drunken driving arrest two months later after chasing her former assistant’s mother in a vehicle. She spent 84 minutes in jail.
Lindsay, 23, was more than an hour late to court Friday and eventually appeared hand-in-hand with Holley wearing a white leather jacket with a studded collar, black studded pumps and a bun. The judge waited patiently for Lindsay but couldn’t help cracking a few jokes. “If any of you (reporters) with your laptops know when we’re going to start, please let me know,” she said.