Lohan faces arrest after missing court date

Thu May 20, 2010 2:41pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) - Lindsay Lohan faces arrest when she returns from France to Los Angeles after an exasperated Beverly Hills judge said the actress had "no valid excuse" for missing a probation hearing on Thursday.

Judge Marsha Revel issued an arrest warrant for the "Mean Girls" actress after hearing Lohan missed three alcohol education classes imposed in a 2007 drunken driving case.

Revel also said Lohan should undergo random weekly drug and alcohol testing on her return to California, be fitted with an alcohol monitoring bracelet and should not drink any alcohol until a formal hearing to determine whether she has violated her probation.

Lohan's lawyer told Revel that the actress was stranded in France because her passport had been stolen during a trip to the Cannes film festival.

"If she wanted to be here it looks to the court like she could have been here," Revel said. "There is really no valid excuse."

"She has to take this seriously. I warned her before," said Revel, who in October extended Lohan's probation after other missed classes and warned her she risked being sent to jail.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore told reporters that Lohan could potentially be arrested at the airport when she eventually arrives.

She could also surrender herself to authorities and be booked and processed before posting bail, set at $100,000and being released.   Continued...

<p>Actress Lindsay Lohan attends a progress report hearing for her 2007 drunk driving case at a courthouse in Beverly Hills, California October 16, 2009. REUTERS/Nick Ut/Pool</p>