Police say preliminary blood tests detected the presence of drugs in Anne Heche’s system after the American actress was involved in a fiery car crash that left her in a coma.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said additional testing is needed to rule out any substances used in the hospital.
LAPD spokesman Matthew Cruz also confirmed to the PA news agency that the incident is being investigated as a felony driving under the influence (DUI) collision.
Heche, 53, was taken to the hospital following the crash Friday morning in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles and remains in critical condition, after her car was “in flames”.
She is a former partner of American talk show host Ellen DeGeneres – the couple began dating in 1997 before separating in 2000 – and is known for films such as Donnie Brasco, Cedar Rapids and Sessions. Psycho’s 1998 remake.
In an updated press release on Thursday, the LAPD confirmed an investigation is underway into the incident.
“At approximately 10:55 a.m. on August 5, 2022, a vehicle driven by Anne Heche collided with a house in the 1700 block of Walgrove Avenue,” the report states.
“Heche was critically injured, was medically treated by the Los Angeles Fire Department and then taken to a local hospital where she is still receiving medical care.
“As part of the investigation, westbound traffic detectives prepared a warrant for a blood sample from Heche, which is common practice for a case this way.”
The statement added: “This case remains an active and ongoing investigation and is currently in the process of gathering additional evidence; to include the final toxicology results and medical records of both parties involved.
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“It is the intent of Detectives to present this case to the appropriate prosecutor’s office: the Los Angeles County District Attorney or the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office after all pertinent evidence has been obtained. .”
Speaking to PA, Mr. Cruz said preliminary blood tests “revealed signs of narcotics”.
Images and video obtained by US media outlet TMZ after the incident show Ms Heche driving a blue Mini Cooper, which was later badly damaged at the scene.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), the vehicle crashed into a two-story house and “went on fire.”
It took 59 firefighters 65 minutes to reach, contain and completely extinguish the stubborn fire inside the badly damaged structure, LAFD reports.
A spokesperson for the actress confirmed to PA that Heche suffered a “serious lung injury requiring mechanical ventilation” and “burns requiring surgical intervention”.
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