Car chase victim 'traumatised' by Lohan

A woman who was in a car chased by a drunken Lindsay Lohan before the actress was arrested says the incident caused emotional trauma and cost the woman her job and thousands of dollars in doctors' bills.

A woman who was in a car chased by a drunken Lindsay Lohan before the actress was arrested says the incident caused emotional trauma and cost the woman her job and thousands of dollars in doctors' bills.

Tracie Rice was in a car driven by Michele Peck, the mother of Lohan's assistant who had recently quit, when Lohan trailed them to the Santa Monica Police Department headquarters during a pre-dawn chase in July.

Ms Peck told police she was being chased by a sport utility vehicle and police later determined Lohan was the driver.

In August, Ms Rice filed a lawsuit against Mean Girls star Lohan for emotional distress. The suit seeks unspecified damages and payment of medical and other expenses.

According to papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in late December, Rice spent about US$7,000 (€4,758) on medical bills, including a therapist who charges $170 (€115) a visit, and lost her $59,000 (€40,000)-a-year job because of the incident.

Ms Rice said she thought she was being carjacked when the SUV driven by Lohan, pursued them "at a high rate of speed", putting her and Ms Peck "at extreme risk of death or injury", until they arrived at the police station and were met by officers with guns drawn.

Calls to Lohan's lawyers after business hours were not immediately returned.

Lohan served 84 minutes in jail on November 15 as part of a plea deal on misdemeanour drunken driving and cocaine possession charges.

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