Heather Locklear, better known for her part on shows such as “Melrose Place” and “Spin City” was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance Saturday night in Montecito, California.

She was booked about 7 pm after a concerned citizen spotted her getting into her car and driving erratically. The citizen said she saw a woman who was visibly impaired which later was identified as Locklear, getting into a car in a Montecito parking lot Saturday afternoon about 4:30 pm. She called 911 and reported it.

Tom Marshall, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said that Locklear showed bizarre behavior, driving back and forth over a pair of sunglasses on the pavement and revving up her engine. He said after she left the parking lot she stopped her car on the street and stumbled out of it into the traffic lane, according to what the concerned citizen said, that apparently followed Locklear after making the 911 call.

When the Highway Patrol arrived Locklear has parked her car on State Route 192 partially blocking a lane. The officer could tell she was disoriented and under the influence of something after he talked to her. He took her to CHP’s Santa Barbara-area office so she could be tested for alcohol and drugs. She tested negative for alcohol but the other tests for drugs will return in a few days. She was released on her own recognizance without having to post bail.

Heather Locklear was married to Richie Sambora, the guitarist with Bon Jovi but divorced him after 11 years of marriage. They have a daughter, Ava Elizabeth.

Jan Barrett

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