Police said Thursday they are investigating actor Anne Heche for driving under the influence of drugs after a violent crash at a Los Angeles home left her with serious injuries.
Detectives with a search warrant took a sample of Heche’s blood and found narcotics in his system, LAPD spokesman Officer Jeff Lee said. But toxicology tests, which can take weeks, must be carried out to more clearly identify the drugs and differentiate them from any drugs she may have received for treatment at the hospital, where she remained on Thursday, six days after the accident.
A representative for Heche did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
A spokeswoman said Tuesday Heche remains in critical condition and has been in a coma since the accident, with burns requiring surgery and lung damage requiring the use of a ventilator for breathing.
On August 5, Heche’s car crashed into a house in the Mar Vista neighborhood, west of Los Angeles. Flames erupted and Heche, who was alone in the car, was pulled by firefighters from the vehicle embedded in the house. No one in the house was injured.
Police said Thursday they were still collecting evidence of the crash and would present a case to prosecutors if warranted once the investigation is complete.
Heche, 53, was one of Hollywood’s hottest movie stars in the late 1990s, starring alongside actors such as Johnny Depp (“Donnie Brasco”) and Harrison Ford (“Six Days , Seven Nights”). In a 2001 memoir, she opened up about her lifelong struggles with mental health.
She recently had recurring roles on the network’s “Chicago PD” and “All Rise” television series, and in 2020 she took part in “Dancing With the Stars.”
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