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Lindsay Lohan lied to police Friday, and not just about her brakes failing.

The hot mess initially told them she was NOT driving the Porsche that she totaled when she slammed into a semi on the Pacific Coast Highway north of L.A.

As a result, her probation could be revoked … what else is new.

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When Lindsay was in the hospital getting checked out after the serious car accident, cops from the Santa Monica Police Department paid a visit.

Lindsay told police she was a passenger in the Porsche and her assistant was driving. However, the assistant said that Lohan was behind the wheel.

Police are writing up a report that will include Lindsay’s lie.

It’s unclear why she would lie … but she could be screwed.

This is significant because it’s a crime to provide false information to a police officer, especially if it impedes an active criminal investigation, and doing so could trigger a probation violation in her shoplifting case.

That could send her back to jail … again.

Several eyewitnesses at the scene say Lindsay and her assistant both got out on the passenger side, which means Lindsay had to climb over the console. Lohan appears to have concocted the lie almost immediately after impact.

She was not ticketed in the wreck, that we know of, but time will tell if Lohan faces criminal charges for her obvious lies to the authorities.