Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan is today waiting to enter rehab after escaping a jail sentence over a car crash case.
The 26-year-old yesterday accepted a plea deal that includes 90 days in a locked-down rehabilitation facility that she will not be able to leave.
Lohan has struggled for years with legal problems and has been briefly jailed five times.
In her latest case she pleaded no contest to reckless driving and lying to police who were investigating the accident involving the actress in June along the Pacific Coast Highway.
A charge of obstructing an officer was dropped.
Lohan also was found in violation of her probation in a 2011 necklace theft and sentenced to 180 days in jail.
However, she can avoid jail time if she complies with the conditions of her plea deal, which also includes 30 days of community labour, 18 months of psychological therapy and an unspecified fine.
Lohan spoke little to Superior Court Judge James Dabney in court and said “yes” when asked if she accepted the plea deal.
The judge did not set a date for the 'Mean Girls' actress to begin rehab.
Instead he set another hearing for May 2, when the court must be given proof of enrolment in a treatment programme.
The sentence extends Lohan’s probation for another two years, and the judge warned her that there will not be any discussion about putting her back on probation if she does not meet the conditions of the latest sentence.
After a pair of arrests for driving under the influence in 2007, Lohan has resolved her numerous legal issues without going to trial.
Instead she has faced judges who have sentenced her to rehab and counselling, which even her current lawyer acknowledges have not completely helped her.
Lohan has been under some form of probation since her 2007 convictions and has been repeatedly sent to jail and rehab for violations ranging from failing to perform her community service to skipping counselling sessions.
Out of court, she has struggled to regain her stature in Hollywood. She missed the premiere of 'Machete' in 2010 because of her court troubles, and her acting return in last year’s 'Liz & Dick' was widely criticised by critics and viewers.