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Heather Locklear cited with misdemeanor after allegedly fleeing scene of car accident

April 21, 2010 | 12:58 pm

Heatherlocklear Heather Locklear was arrested Saturday after she allegedly fled the scene of a car accident near her home in Ventura County, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

Capt. Ross Bonifiglio said the actress veered off the road and crashed into a no-parking sign early Saturday morning and then drove away without notifying authorities. She was cited with a misdemeanor traffic ticket and was not taken into custody, Bonifiglio said.

Locklear was arrested for DUI in September 2008 after a driver called police and said she was driving erratically.

The DUI charge was ultimately dropped in that case, but as part of the plea deal with prosecutors, Locklear was sentenced to three years' informal probation, was fined $700 and was mandated to attend a 12-hour road and safety class.

Police said  at the time of her arrest Saturday, Locklear did not appear intoxicated.

A man who lives near the site of Saturday’s accident told police he was awakened by the sound of a crash at about 4 a.m. Saturday, Bonifiglio said.

When the man discovered the damaged sign and debris from a car on the side of the road later that day, he called police to report the incident. Bonifiglio said investigators matched the debris to Lockear’s black 2005 BMW.

When they arrived at her home, which Bonifiglio said was near the crash site, they found the car with damage to the tire well on the passenger side. Bonifiglio said they cited Locklear for the incident because “circumstantial evidence” suggested she had been driving the car.

Locklear was cooperative, Bonifiglio said. Because it was a misdemeanor citation, “she was not handcuffed, not put in a police car, not driven anywhere and not given a booking photo.” Bonifiglio said. Locklear is due to appear in court in Simi Valley on May 17 at 8:15 a.m.

-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: Heather Locklear in 2009. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times.