Lindsay 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.
When Lindsay emerged from the venue at 2.30am, police were said to be waiting for her and she was arrested.
Lindsay, 26, 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.
Though the offence is a misdemeanour, it could trigger a probation violation in the 'Mean Girls' star's 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.