LOS ANGELES - Lindsay Lohan was under orders to appear in court Wednesday for a hearing in a case alleging she lied to police about a collision she had on Pacific Coast Highway, but it was not immediately clear if she would show up.
An arrest warrant could be issued for the 26-year-old actress if she fails to appear at the Airport Branch Courthouse for this morning's pretrial hearing.
Lohan was charged by the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office on Nov. 29 with willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer, providing false information to an officer, and reckless driving. The misdemeanors each carry potential jail terms ranging from three months to a year.
Lohan was already on probation because of the theft of a necklace from a Venice jewelry store and now stands accused of violating the terms of her probation, which ultimately could send her to jail.
Through an attorney, Lohan pleaded not guilty on Jan. 15 to the charges, which accuse her of lying to police by telling Santa Monica police officers she was not driving a Porsche that rear-ended a truck on Pacific Coast Highway on June 8 as she headed for work on the TV film "Liz & Dick."
During the arraignment, which Lohan did not attend, Superior Court Commissioner Jane Godfrey ordered the actress to personally appear in court for Wednesday's hearing.
According to the celebrity website TMZ.com, Lohan's new attorney – New York-based Mark Heller -- filed court papers asserting the actress was suffering from an upper respiratory infection and could not fly to California for the hearing.
However, the website also posted photos of Lohan shopping in New York on Saturday, the day she was allegedly examined by the doctor who diagnosed her infection. One of the photos shows her smoking a cigarette.