Lindsay Lohan arrested after 'clipping a pedestrian with her car and leaving the scene'

•Lindsay was attempting to park outside Dream Hotel in NYC
•Actress and her friends entered the hotel shortly after incident at 12.30am
•Police were waiting outside and arrested her when she left at 2.30am

By Sarah Fitzmaurice and Louise Saunders

Lindsay Lohan was arrested in New York during the early hours of Wednesday morning on charges that she clipped a pedestrian with her car and did not stop, police have confirmed.

The Liz & Dick star was preparing to park her Porsche Cayenne at the Dream Hotel in Manhattan at 12.30am when she allegedly hit the knee of an unnamed man in his 30s.

One of Lindsay's passengers got out and checked her vehicle for damage, and then the group went into the hotel to attend an event, US gossip website TMZ reports.

No stranger to being behind bars: Lindsay Lohan, pictured in 2010, was arrested this morning for hitting a pedestrian and driving off

When Lindsay emerged from the venue at 2.30am, police were said to be waiting for her and she was arrested.

The 26-year-old star was booked for the misdemeanour offence of leaving the scene of an accident and released with a desk appearance ticket, meaning she did not have to pay bail before release.

The alleged victim was not knocked down by the vehicle and had no visible injuries, but was still taken to hospital.

However, Lindsay is now reportedly telling friends she had no idea she even hit anyone, and it wasn't until she emerged from the hotel and was arrested that she knew anything was going on, TMZ reports.

In trouble again: The actress, seen at the Lady Gaga fragrance launch last week, was said to have been parking her car at the dream hotel when she hit at man at 12.30am this morning

Describing the incident as 'really fishy', the troubled star is said to believe she is the victim of a 'set up' and is planning on fighting the claims until the very end.

Though the offence is a misdemeanour, it could trigger a probation violation in the Mean Girls star's 2011 jewellery theft case as one of the conditions of probation is that she obeys all laws.

This is not the first time the actress had been involved in a car crash.

In June of this year Lindsay smashed up another Porsche after claiming she was cut up by a truck.

The actress later blamed the manufacturing of the vehicle but tests carried out after the crash found the breaks were working fine.

Not the best driving history: Lindsay has had a number of accidents in recent years

Smashed up: In July of this year the actress crashed her Porsche while driving on the Pacific Coast Highway in LA

In May of 2007, Lindsay was arrested on suspicion of drinking under the influence and this led to her heading for rehab for 45 days.

In July of that year, Lindsay refused to take a sobriety test and was taken to a police station where her blood alcohol level was over the limit. She also had some cocaine in her pocket.

Lindsay, who spent 23 days in jail after violating her probation agreement following a DUI, took to her Twitter page recently to blast law enforcement officers for not doing more to stop actress Amanda Bynes who was caught driving with a suspended licence recently.

She tweeted: 'Why did I get put in jail and a nickelodeon star has had NO punishment(s) so far?'

Last month, Lohan was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department over the purported theft of $100,000 worth of luxury items from the home of her multimillionaire friend Sam Magid.

The L.A. County District Attorney dropped burglary charges due to 'insufficient evidence'.

The scene: The Dream Hotel in New York City, where the alleged incident occurred

After being charged with misdemenour theft and probation violation in February 2011 following the shoplifting of a necklace from a Venice Beach store, Lindsay was sentenced to 120 days in jail and 480 hours of community service.

In addition, she was also ordered to remain under supervision whilst completing all of her community service.

The actress pleaded no contest in court, and was put under house arrest complete with ankle bracelet monitor due to jail overcrowding.

Lindsay was then later sentenced to 30 days in jail and 400 hours of community service in November, after she was found guilty of violating her probation because she failed to perform her community service at a Los Angeles morgue.

Mug shot: Lindsay recently took to her Twitter page to blast law enforcement officers for not doing more to stop actress Amanda Bynes, pictured, who was caught driving with a suspended licence

She entered jail on November 7, 2011, but was released after just under five hours, again due to overcrowding.

The actress finally ended her supervised probation in March this year after fulfilling all of her community service and therapy requirements.

And despite being involved in the hit and run and car crash earlier this year, has remained relatively out of trouble.

She is currently trying to get her life and career back on track, and recently completed filming Liz & Dick, the Lifetime Elizabeth Taylor biopic, and independent film, The Canyons, written by Bret Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader.

A spokesperson for Lindsay refused to comment to MailOnline.

In court: Lindsay and her lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley at the Los Angeles Courthouse in October 2011

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