07/26/2007 AT 12:00 PM EDT
Around 1:30 that morning, Lohan took the wheel of a white SUV in pursuit of a vehicle driven by Michelle Peck, the mother of Tarin Graham, one of her assistants – and seemingly crashed all hopes of a comeback. Responding to a call from Peck, claiming that someone – a someone who turned out to be Lohan – was chasing her through the streets of Santa Monica, Calif., local police later arrested Lohan for DUI (her blood alcohol level was .13; the legal limit is .08), driving with a suspended license and – after finding a small amount of the drug in her pocket during a search – cocaine possession. After posting $25,000 bail, Lohan was released. During the ordeal, says one cop, "she was crying and upset."