Lindsay Lohan may have escaped a lengthy jail sentence because a police officer mistook her cocaine for a breath mint, according to a leaked police report.
The Santa Monica Police report from the actress’ 2007 DUI arrest reveals that the officer who searched her thought he found a mint. He then threw it in the trash, contaminating the evidence.
“Now we know why Lindsay Lohan’s 2007 DUI case may have plea bargained so quickly,” TMZ.com writes after uncovering and publishing the report.
[I] “discovered a folded Clinique sun care card with an unknown substance caked on to the surface of the card in Lohan’s right rear pocket,” the officer writes.
“Some of the white substance fell to the floor. I used my foot to see what had fell but thought nothing of it. I did not recognise the substance attached to the card and initially thought the substance was a wet crushed breath mint. I put the card into the jail trash can next to the booking windows,” the officer admits. “I was looking at the floor and began to recognise the substance as resembling powder cocaine. I then recovered the card from the trash.”
Lindsay later pleaded guilty to two counts of being under the influence of a controlled substance (cocaine), no contest to two counts of driving with a blood-alcohol level above .08 percent, and one count of reckless driving.