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Anne Heche had cocaine in blood during car crash, LAPD says

Actress Anne Heche was under the influence of cocaine in her violent car crash in Mar Vista last week, a law enforcement source confirmed to The Times on Thursday.

Officer Annie Hernandez, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department, said a blood test showed the presence of narcotics, but more testing is needed to rule out Heche giving anything at the hospital. These initial findings could be invalidated if it turned out that the drugs in the hospital were the narcotics.

The latest development comes days after an LAPD representative told the Times detectives obtained a search warrant on the actor’s blood to determine if she was driving under the influence at the time of the accident.

On Monday, Heche’s rep said the “Six Days, Seven Nights” star was in “critical condition” and in a coma.

Heche officials did not immediately respond to the Times request for comment Thursday.

On Friday, Heche ended up in hospital with severe burns after her car crashed into a home in LA’s Mar Vista neighborhood and caught fire. 59 firefighters rushed to the scene and contained and extinguished the fire in 65 minutes.

Before the incident, the actor was caught on video crashing into the garage of a Mar Vista apartment building. She was also spotted speeding on another street in the West Los Angeles neighborhood.

Just before the crash, Heche stopped at Glass Hair Design, a hair salon in nearby Venice, to buy a bright red wig. Salon owner Richard Glass told the Times that Heche appeared uninfluenced when he sold her the wig.

“Very, very coincidental,” Glass said of his encounter with Heche.

No other injuries were reported in Friday’s fire, but local residents told the Times the home where Heche had plowed her blue Mini Cooper was badly damaged. David Manpearl, a Mar Vista resident, said Heche’s vehicle crashed through the house and became trapped in a wall at the back. The tenant of the house was not injured.

Heche’s fall on Friday wasn’t her first public incident of erratic behavior. After splitting up with ex-girlfriend Ellen DeGeneres in August 2000, Heche stopped by a stranger’s house in Fresno. She got out of her car and, dressed only in shorts and a bra, spoke of God and a spaceship in the sky.

On Monday, DeGeneres had little to say about her former partner’s accident and her current condition.

“We’re not in touch so I wouldn’t know,” the comedian told the Daily Mail photographer when approached in Santa Barbara.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-08-11/anne-heche-cocaine-narcotics-mar-vista-car-crash Anne Heche had cocaine in blood during car crash, LAPD says

Sarah Ridley

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