The criminal charges could quickly lead to jail time for Lohan, who is still on probation for her no-contest plea to a misdemeanor grand theft charge stemming from the theft of a necklace from a Venice jewelry store.
According to Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis, Lohan was charged with willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying a police officer; providing false information to a police officer; and reckless driving.
Lewis told City News Service a court date has not yet been set for the actress.
The charges stem from a June 8 collision in the 1100 block of Pacific Coast Highway. The actress allegedly claimed she was not driving the Porsche when it struck a dump truck. According to a statement from Lewis, however, "information was developed that Lohan was the driver of the Porsche when the accident occurred."
The misdemeanor charges each carry potential jail terms ranging from three months to a year.
The charges cap a tumultuous few hours for the "Mean Girls" actress, who was arrested around 4 a.m. EST for allegedly getting into a fight at the Avenue nightclub in New York's Chelsea neighborhood.
After several hours, she was released from the 10th Precinct house and got into a waiting SUV amid a throng of reporters and camera crews. The New York Daily News identified the alleged victim as Tiffany Eve Mitchell, 28, who was questioned and released.
The celebrity website TMZ reported that Lohan was drunk when the altercation occurred, and that the actress slugged a woman because she was talking to a musician Lohan was interested in.
She is due in court in New York Jan. 11, the New York Daily News reported.
Lohan, whose most recent performance in the Lifetime production of "Liz & Dick" was generally lambasted by critics after it premiered Sunday, was given probation for a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. She later pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor grand theft charge stemming from the pilfering of a necklace from a Venice jewelry store.
She was sent to jail several times for violating the terms of her probation, but she eventually complied with a schedule of community service at the county morgue and counseling.
In March, Judge Stephanie Sautner ended her probation in the DUI case and reduced the shoplifting probation to unsupervised status. The new charges, however, could prompt Sautner to revoke Lohan's probation.
Frank Mateljan of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, which prosecuted the actress on the theft case, said prosecutors were still awaiting paperwork from Santa Monica and New York to determine if they will pursue a probation violation case against Lohan.
"We're just waiting for all the information," he told CNS.