Actor Anne Heche was under the influence of narcotics during her fiery car crash in Mar Vista last week.
Officer Annie Hernandez, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department, said a blood test showed the presence of narcotics, but those initial findings could be invalidated if medications at the hospital turned out to be the narcotics.
A second blood test will be administered to rule out any substances that were given at the hospital as part of Heche’s medical treatment, said LAPD Public Information Officer Jeff Lee.
The results of the second test could take anywhere from 30 to 90 days, and Heche wouldn’t be detained or arrested until those results are released, according to Lee.
Another law enforcement source told The Times that the initial blood test also showed that Heche had cocaine in her system after the crash.
The latest development comes days after a representative for the LAPD told The Times that detectives obtained a search warrant for the actor’s blood to see whether she was driving under the influence at the time of the accident.
On Monday, Heche’s spokeswoman said the “Six Days, Seven Nights” star was in “critical condition” and slipped into a coma.
Representatives for Heche did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment Thursday.
On Friday, Heche was hospitalized with severe burns after crashing her car into a home in L.A.’s Mar Vista neighborhood and causing it to catch on fire. Fifty-nine firefighters rushed to the scene and contained and extinguished the fire in 65 minutes.
Before the incident, the actor was captured on video crashing into the garage of a Mar Vista apartment building. She was also seen speeding on another street in the West Los Angeles neighborhood.
Right before the crash, Heche stopped by Glass Hair Design, a hair salon in nearby Venice, to buy a bright red wig. Salon owner Richard Glass told The Times that Heche didn’t seem to be under the influence when he sold her the wig.
“Very, very random,” Glass said of his encounter with Heche.
Residents told The Times that the home that Heche plowed her blue Mini Cooper into was severely damaged. Mar Vista resident David Manpearl said Heche’s vehicle crashed through the residence and was lodged in a wall in the back.
The investigation was escalated to felony DUI when detectives learned that a woman inside the house, which was engulfed in flames, suffered minor injuries and received medical treatment, according to LAPD’s Lee, who didn’t know her current status Thursday afternoon.
“Once it’s learned there’s any kind of injury involved, it’s automatically escalated into a felony,” Lee said.
Heche’s Friday crash wasn’t her first instance of erratic behavior in public. After breaking up with ex-girlfriend Ellen DeGeneres in August 2000, Heche dropped by a stranger’s home in Fresno. She abandoned her car and, wearing only shorts and a bra, spoke of God and a spaceship to heaven.
On Monday, DeGeneres had little to say about her former partner’s accident and her current condition.
“We’re not in touch with each other, so I wouldn’t know,” the comedian told the Daily Mail’s photographer when approached in Santa Barbara.
The former talk show host was among some Hollywood figures reacting to Heche’s car crash. On social media, Alec Baldwin, Rosie O’Donnell and Heche’s ex-boyfriends James Tupper and Thomas Jane shared well wishes for the actor.
On Twitter, Rosanna Arquette said Heche “clearly was in a crisis.”
On Thursday, Lifetime’s executive vice president and head of programming, Amy Winter, addressed Heche’s accident and the actor’s upcoming film for the network, “Girl in Room 13.”
“Anne remains in critical condition, and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected,” Winter said during Lifetime’s presentation at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. “We hope that her friends and family stay strong during this difficult time.”
Heche had been scheduled to appear at the TCA panel. “Girl in Room 13,” directed by Elisabeth Röhm, is still on track for release in September.
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