- Associated Press - Friday, September 24, 2010

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. (AP) - Lindsay Lohan returned to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge refused to set bail and ordered her to remain in custody for failing a drug test until another hearing nearly a month away.

Bailiffs escorted the troubled starlet from the Beverly Hills courtroom immediately after the hearing that lasted less than 10 minutes. Lohan’s father, Michael Lohan, said “Oh God” as his daughter rose, looked at her attorney and was taken away.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox would not listen to arguments for bail from Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley.

It will be Lohan’s third jail stint for a three-year-old drug and drunken driving case filed after a pair of high-profile arrests in 2007.

Lohan has twice been released early because of overcrowding, with her longest jail stay a 14-day stint on a 90-day sentence earlier this summer.

But this time, the judge’s order diminishes the likelihood that Lohan will be released before an Oct. 22 hearing, when her positive drug test will be discussed.

“When you put the judge in a tight spot, he has no alternative,” said Barry Gerald Sands, a defense attorney who has represented celebrity clients in drug cases. “She will not get out now.”

The previous judge handling Lohan’s case had said she had to set bail for Lohan because she was facing misdemeanors, and a bondsman was sitting in the courtroom ready to post bail.

“This judge feels he didn’t have to set bail,” Sands said, adding that Fox’s orders are rarely overturned.

Fox said Lohan had a “positive test for a controlled substance,” but did not name the substance. He said probation officials are also reviewing Lohan’s compliance with other aspects of her probation, which included frequent meetings with counselors.

Holley was not immediately available for comment. Court spokesman Allan Parachini said she remained in the courtroom to confer with Lohan.

Lohan’s mother, Dina, walked into the courtroom about 45 minutes after the hearing. By then, Los Angeles police stations were following a car said to be carrying her daughter to jail.

The two women had arrived at the courthouse together an hour before, while the actress’s father _ with whom she’s publicly sparred _ arrived earlier.

The actress acknowledged failing a court-ordered drug screening last week in a series of Twitter postings.

It was the “Mean Girls” star’s first appearance before Fox, who had said at a previous hearing he would sentence her to a month in jail for each drug test she skipped or failed.

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