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Plea deal: Dina Lohan to be sentenced to 18 days in jail, probation, for felony DWI conviction

Dina Lohan appears at the Nassau County Courthouse

Dina Lohan appears at the Nassau County Courthouse on Feb. 27, 2020, in Mineola. Credit: Howard Schnapp

The mother of actress Lindsay Lohan admitted to felony drunken driving Tuesday as part of a plea deal that includes an 18-day jail sentence and five years of probation following her arrest in North Merrick last year.

Dina Lohan, 59, donned sunglasses and tried to hide behind supporters while leaving court after telling a Nassau judge she was pleading guilty of her own free will.

She also agreed to waive her right to appeal her conviction.

Acting State Supreme Court Justice Caryn Fink said she will sentence Lohan on Dec. 3 and ordered her to cooperate with probation officials as they craft a presentence report.

Lohan's punishment will include taking part in any therapy that probation officials order, along with participating in a victim impact panel and taking part, while jailed, in a program aimed at stopping drunken driving.

The judge said Lohan's driver's license would be revoked for 18 months and after that the defendant would have to use an alcohol ignition interlock device to drive.

Lohan ignored a request for comment after the Nassau County Court proceeding. Her attorney, John Pedranghelu Jr., declined to comment. Nicole Turso, a spokeswoman for the Nassau District Attorney's Office, also declined to comment on the case Tuesday.

Lohan's plea follows her indictment earlier this year on a felony drunken driving charge, a misdemeanor charge of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and an infraction of leaving an accident scene. Lohan also pleaded guilty to the infraction Tuesday.

Nassau prosecutor Alexandra Wolff told the judge her office was recommending six months in jail, five years of probation and participation in a victim impact panel for Lohan.

But the prosecutor also said her office was prepared to go forward with the plea deal that was reached with the defense after learning Fink would sentence the defendant to 18 days in jail and five years of probation along with other conditions

Authorities said Lohan was drunk on the evening of Jan. 11, 2020, when she crashed her Mercedes-Benz into a Honda CR-V outside a steakhouse at Merrick Mall before leaving the scene.

The other driver called 911 and followed Lohan before a police officer approached her Mercedes and noted her breath smelled of alcohol, her speech was slurred and her eyes were bloodshot, according to a felony complaint.

It also said Lohan got out of her vehicle and "fell to the ground on her face" before accusing the officer of pushing her. Lohan admitted she'd had a glass of wine but refused sobriety tests, according to police.

The North Merrick resident's felony conviction comes after her 2014 misdemeanor conviction for aggravated drunken driving in Nassau County.

That followed her 2013 arrest by State Police after they said she drove a BMW at 77 mph in a 55-mph zone on the Northern State Parkway with a blood alcohol content of 0.20% — above the state's 0.08% legal threshold for intoxication.

In that case, a different judge fined Lohan $2,600, suspended her driver's license for a year and imposed other conditions. She also did 100 hours of community service.

"There won't be a next time," Lohan said at her sentencing then.

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