"Scared" but resolute Lindsay Lohan starts jail term

Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:28pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A "scared" but resolute Lindsay Lohan began a 90-day jail sentence on Tuesday, trading nightclubs and Twitter messages for a small, isolated cell and an orange jumpsuit.

Lohan, 24, was booked into an all-female jail in south Los Angeles after surrendering in court for violating her probation on two 2007 drunk-driving and cocaine possession charges.

The "Mean Girls" actress, whose promising career has foundered during two years of strenuous partying, looked tired and tense during a brief, silent appearance at a packed Beverly Hills courtroom where she was handcuffed and taken into custody.

Lohan's lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, told reporters Lohan is "scared as anyone would be...and she's resolute. She does her time just like anyone else."

Local TV news helicopters showed live video of Lohan's journey, an unmarked car with tinted windows, to the 2,200-bed Century Regional Detention Facility.

Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department that runs the jail system, told reporters that Lohan "has been extremely cooperative and everything is going smoothly."

She will wear a standard orange jumpsuit, hand in any jewelry, and cellphones and computers are banned.

Lohan's time behind bars is expected to be reduced to about three weeks under programs for good behavior and jail overcrowding.   Continued...

<p>Lindsay Lohan appears in court at the Beverly Hills Municipal Courthouse as she surrenders for a 90-day jail sentence for violating the terms of her probation on drunk driving charges by missing alcohol education classes in Beverly Hills, California July 20, 2010. REUTERS/Al Seib/Pool</p>