A California man, better known as the boyfriend of actress Heather Locklear, was arrested in Los Angeles on Feb. 26, accused of driving under the influence. The 56-year-old man was taken into custody shortly after midnight by the California State Highway Patrol. After receiving a citation, he was released and ordered to appear in court for the charges on April 26.
The man’s arrest on DUI charges came only several hours after Locklear herself was arrested. On Feb. 25, Locklear was charged with one count of felony domestic violence and three counts of misdemeanor battery of a police officer. A domestic violence call was reported at a home, and police allege that the actress had earlier battered her boyfriend at that residence before the arrival of police. Once police arrived and sought to arrest her, they allege that Locklear was uncooperative and battered three of the police officers present.
In speaking with entertainment media reporting on the arrest, friends and family of the actress said that she is struggling with drug and alcohol issues. Locklear has previously attended treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. After her arrest, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said that the actress was taken to a local hospital for evaluation before being booked into the local jail. She was then released after posting $20,000 bail and ordered to appear in court in Ventura on March 13.
Drunk driving charges in California can carry serious consequences, including loss of one’s driver’s license, extensive fines and even jail time. A criminal defense lawyer may be able to help people facing DUI charges to present a defense whether this is the first time they have been arrested or they are facing a felony charge.