By Jeff Labrecque
January 04, 2011 at 02:08 PM EST

Image Credit: David Tonnessen/PacificCoastNews.comThough Lindsay Lohan reportedly checked out of substance-abuse treatment at the Betty Ford Center yesterday, law enforcement authorities from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said that the actress violated her probation when she engaged in a scuffle with Dawn Holland, an employee of the Center, according to CNN. Holland, who was dismissed by Betty Ford after speaking to the press about the incident, is no longer cooperating with authorities, but Lohan could conceivably still face battery charges. “It is expected that this investigation will be sent to the district attorney’s office later this week,” the sheriff’s office said. [Update: The Los Angeles Times reports that Lohan has not yet left Betty Ford and is planning to stay at the clinic for a few more days. Lohan’s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, issued the following statement about the investigation: “The important, yet limited, investigatory role of the police to gather facts and collect evidence is well-established. The fact that the Palm Desert Police Department went outside this limited role to issue a press statement expressing its opinion about what should happen in Ms. Lohan’s case is highly unusual and deeply troubling.”]

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