Lindsay Lohan freed after 15 hours in jail

Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:18am EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Lindsay Lohan was freed from jail late on Friday night after spending around 15 hours behind bars for evidence of another failed drug test, a Los Angeles-based celebrity website reported.

The once-promising star was led handcuffed from a Beverly Hills courtroom early in the morning for a third time in three years when a judge found evidence of substance abuse, which would make her a criminal. He ordered Lohan, 24, jailed until an October 22 hearing, but was later reversed by a supervisor.

She was released from the Century Regional Detention Facility in the south-central Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood just before midnight, celebrity website TMZ reported.

Friday's events marked another low point for the former teen idol and star of films like "Freaky Friday" who has become the latest celebrity to fall from showbusiness grace.

During late July and August, the "Mean Girls" actress served two weeks of a 90-day jail sentence and then 22 days in drug rehabilitation after a judge ruled she violated probation on three-year-old charges of drunk driving and cocaine possession.

In 2007, Lohan's original conviction landed her in jail for less than two hours, and the same charges were at the root of her current troubles when last Friday she admitted on Twitter that a court-ordered drug sample turned up bad.

"Regrettably, I did in fact fail my most recent drug test," Lohan tweeted. An arrest warrant was issued, and she was ordered to appear on Friday in court, where the shocked young woman was whisked away to jail after a brief hearing.

Websites around the world posted a photo of a sober Lohan in an orange, prison-issued jumpsuit -- a stark contrast to the wide sunglasses, sleek black designer blouse and jacket and white skirt she wore earlier that day.   Continued...

<p>A vehicle believed to be carrying actress Lindsay Lohan leaves the Beverly Hills Courthouse in Beverly Hills, California September 24, 2010. A judge on Friday ordered troubled actress Lindsay Lohan returned to jail to await an October 22 hearing on whether she violated terms of her probation by failing a court-ordered drug test. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>