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Dina Lohan pleads guilty in Long Island drunken driving case

After running through a courthouse hallway and covering her face from cameras, Dina Lohan told a Long Island judge Wednesday that she was driving drunk – with a level twice the legal limit – when she was pulled over in September.

Dina Lohan (L) appears at Nassau First District Court in Hempstead with her lawyer Mark Heller.
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The 51-year-old celebrity mom formally pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated and was given a conditional discharge and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, attend a drunken driving class and install ignition interlock devices on every car she owns or drives.

“On this, the first day of Passover, an offer has been made to Dina Lohan that is too good to pass over,” her lawyer, Mark Heller, told reporters outside the courtroom. “No jail, no probation and the opportunity to resume her driving.”

As part of the judge’s ruling, Lohan’s license will be revoked for one year, but she may be eligible to apply for a conditional license that would allow her to drive in limited circumstances. However, every time she gets behind the wheel – for a year, staring in June – Lohan will be required to use an ignition interlock device that measures her blood-alcohol-content before starting the car.

The plea deal completely resolves Lohan’s drunken driving and speeding charges after she was arrested in September 2013 along the Northern State Parkway in Nassau County. At the time, state troopers said she had a blood-alcohol-content more than twice the legal limit and was driving 77 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Before she appears back in court on June 3, Lohan will need to complete 100 hours of community service through a court-referred nonprofit agency. The judge had already referred her to begin the community service program, in an effort to gain leniency in the case, though it’s unclear whether she has already started the volunteer work.

Lohan is also required to pay a $2,600 fine and $482 in court surcharges at her sentencing.

“I'll never be back here again,” Lohan said as she left court. “You can quote me on that one.”

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