As if the bizarre tale of Lindsay Lohan’s high-speed chase and DUI arrest weren’t unbelievable enough, three men who claim they were with Lohan that night have revealed even more astonishing details to TMZ.com. On Friday, an attorney, Randall Billington, told The Associated Press that he had been retained by the three men and that they wanted the case to be resolved without the actress having to be brought to court.
The three portray an out-of-control Lohan commandeering their car and holding them hostage in the vehicle as she took two of them on a wild ride that reached speeds of 100 mph (see “Lindsay Lohan Arrested Again For DUI; Reportedly Checks Back Into Rehab” and “Lindsay Lohan Proclaims Innocence, Says Drugs Were ’Not Mine': Report” ).
The three men, Dante Nigro, Jakon Sutter and Ronnie Blake, told TMZ that on Monday afternoon, they drove to Malibu, California, with the boyfriend of one of Lohan’s assistants. The actress and her assistant ran into the men and, according to TMZ, Lohan’s assistant later text-messaged Nigro to tell him that the “Mean Girls” star wanted to invite him to a party in Malibu that night.
Nigro said that, inside the party, everyone seemed to be having a good time and that whenever he saw Lohan, she had a drink in her hand — at one point joining him and several other people for a shot. Lohan allegedly got into a shouting match with the assistant outside the party — where the woman was in the midst of a heated argument with her boyfriend — and the assistant said, “I quit. I’m done. I don’t even care.”
“She looked very inebriated,” Nigro said of Lohan.
“She was raging and she seemed real crazy, like she lost her mind,” Blake said of the star, who all three described as enraged by the assistant’s defection.
The three men got into Nigro’s GMC Denali and, after the fight between the assistant and her boyfriend resumed, Lohan allegedly reached in, snatched the keys and hopped into the driver’s seat of the car. As the assistant peeled out in her car, Lohan gave chase, with Nigro and Sutter in the Denali along with her.
Blake claimed that he tried to jump out of the car as Lohan took off and got his right foot run over by the vehicle. In the TMZ video, he is shown holding a cane with a bandaged right foot. “She accelerates, she runs over my foot,” Blake said. “And she didn’t stop … she kept driving,” he claimed, despite his screaming for her to stop.
The chase moved out onto the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, where Nigro claimed he repeatedly tried to grab the wheel away from Lohan and stomp on the brake to stop the car, which prompted her to warn, “If you touch me, I’ll sue you.” The chase reached speeds of 100 mph, according to the men, with Lohan allegedly driving in “circles” around the assistant’s vehicle and doing U-turns on the highway in order to catch up. Though the men said they pleaded with her to stop the car, Lohan refused to listen, reportedly telling them, “I can’t get in trouble. I’m a celebrity. I can do whatever the f— I want.” At one point, the men claim that Lohan warned them that if they spoke to anyone about the chase, she would sue them.
After running a red light, Lohan lost the assistant in Santa Monica, California, at which point she allegedly began blowing through stop signs and almost got into a head-on collision on her way to the assistant’s mother’s home, where the actress thought the assistant had driven to.
As the Denali pulled up to the home, the assistant’s mother also happened to be pulling in and, panicked by the commotion, she quickly pulled out. Nigro said he tried to hop out and pull the car’s gearshift into park to end Lohan’s escapade, but was unable to. The mother reportedly began driving down the street backward in her black Escalade to escape Lohan, who was driving around 20 mph down the street facing the Escalade.
A second high-speed pursuit ensued, this time with Lohan allegedly chasing the mother on the streets of Santa Monica, reaching speeds of 80 mph at points in a 25-mph residential zone, with the men describing Lohan running a number of red lights as she chased the Escalade.
“We’re crossing four-way intersections with red lights, and that’s when we’re like, ’Dude, please slow down,’ and she said something like, ’I can do whatever I want. You want to see?’ and accelerated even faster,” Nigro said. Realizing they were headed for the Santa Monica Police station, Nigro said he warned Lohan about their destination, to which she allegedly replied, “I’m a celebrity. I’m not going to get in trouble.”
The two cars ended up in a parking lot near the police station, at which point Lohan got out of the car and approached the Escalade. When police arrived and pulled Lohan aside to speak to her, Nigro claimed that the actress denied being behind the wheel and told them, “the black kid was driving,” referring to Sutter. And, while taking her field sobriety test, Nigro claimed that Lohan almost fell over when ordered to touch her nose.
“I was honestly terrified. I really thought we were going to crash and either we were going to get severely hurt or all of us were going to die,” Nigro said. “She didn’t care if cars were going to come through the intersection and smash us. She didn’t care if we were going to turn and roll. … Santa Monica was her parking lot to just joy-ride in,” Sutter said.
Lohan’s lawyer and publicist could not be reached for comment at press time.
[This story was originally published at 1:47 p.m ET on 07.27.2007]