Locklear arrested after 'driving erratically'

Heather Locklear has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance in the upscale Santa Barbara area, authorities said last night.

Locklear, 47, was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer after a resident reported seeing the actress leaving a parking lot and “driving erratically”, patrol spokesman Tom Marshall said.

The officer noticed Locklear’s car parked on a state highway and blocking a lane in Montecito, a wealthy community about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles. She was believed to be alone in the car, Mr Marshall said.

“In talking with her, (the officer) determines that she seems to be under the influence of something,” Mr Marshall said.

Locklear was taken to the police station, where she was tested for alcohol and drugs.

She was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription medication. She was later released from custody.

Locklear’s TV credits include 'T.J. Hooker', 'Dynasty', 'Melrose Place' and 'Spin City', and her film roles include 'The Perfect Man' and 'Uptown Girls'.

Locklear checked into a medical clinic in June to seek treatment for anxiety and depression.

Last year, she got a divorce from Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora after 11 years of marriage. They have a daughter, Ava Elizabeth.

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