Lindsay Lohan was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident early Wednesday by New York City police after a man claimed the actress struck him with her Porsche SUV.
A chef named Jose Rodriguez, 34, was treated for torn knee tendons at Bellvue Hospital after the alleged incident in an ally by New York’s Dream Hotel.
He tells the New York Daily News that Lohan said ‘You have to get out of the way’ after the alleged incident then walked into a nightclub adjacent to the hotel.
‘She was slurring,’ he told the paper. ‘She smelled like alcohol. I didn’t know who she was until people told me. I don’t know why she couldn’t just do the right thing.’
Lohan was arrested after she came out of the club more than an hour after the alleged incident. She was taken to New York’s 10th Precinct then released pending a later court date.
‘While some of the facts are still being gathered, it appears that this is much ado about nothing,’ Lohan’s publicist tells ABC News in an email. ‘We are confident this matter will be cleared up in the coming weeks and the claims being made against Lindsay will be proven untrue.’
Lohan, 26, has been plagued by drug and legal problems for several years. She is currently on informal probation for necklace theft and just last week, failed to turn up on the set of new movie Scary Movie 5 because she claimed to be suffering from ‘walking pneumonia.’