Heather Locklear Ordered To Mandatory Treatment For Attacking EMT

By Beth Leipholtz 08/19/19

The actress recently pled no contest to eight misdemeanor offenses and will receive treatment in lieu of jail time.

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In lieu of jail time, Heather Locklear is headed to a residential mental health treatment facility in the wake of a case involving battery on a police officer. 

The actress, 57, recently pled no contest to eight misdemeanor offenses, included six having to do with battery on a police officer or EMT, TMZ reports. Rather than a 120-day jail sentence, the judge on the case opted for Locklear to complete 30 days of treatment at the facility. 

According to a statement from the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, Locklear was facing charges of “five counts of battery on a peace officer, one count of battery on emergency personnel and two counts of resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer.”

The Incident

This comes after Locklear was arrested in both February and June of 2018. In the February incident, the actress allegedly attacked her boyfriend and a police officer who responded to the scene while she was under the influence. In June, law enforcement again responded to a call of a disturbance. Locklear was allegedly heavily intoxicated and again attacked a police officer and EMT. 

In the past, TMZ has reported Locklear’s struggles with both substance use disorder and her mental health. In the past, she has been placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold and has also been to treatment numerous times. 

Most recently, she was in treatment this past May, a source told People

“She went back to rehab two weeks ago,” the source said. “She went back to the place she left before Christmas. She had left for three days right before Christmas and never gone back... Heather’s problem is she doesn’t get serious about anything. She was continuing to drink.”

Locklear’s mental health and substance use disorder have allegedly driven a wedge between her and her daughter, Ava, according to the same source. 

“Her issue is alcohol, pills, and her mental health,” the source added. “She doesn’t want anybody to hold her accountable. She has no job, nothing to keep her accountable. This has been tearing up her family. It’s been an ongoing issue for many many years. It has been horrible for Ava.”

In addition to being ordered to treatment this time, Locklear was also placed on three years of unsupervised probation during which she cannot have weapons, unprescribed medications or alcohol, TMZ reports. She has been instructed by the judge to be in treatment by September 6. 

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Beth is a Minnesota girl who got sober at age 20. By day she is a website designer, and in her spare time she enjoys writing about recovery at www.lifetobecontinued.com, doing graphic design and spending time with her boyfriend and three dogs. Find Beth on LinkedInInstagram and Twitter.