Heather Locklear Arrested for Hit and Run

Apr 21, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Heather Locklear was arrested for hit and run, according to a number of media sources, and though some property was damaged, no one was hurt.

Here’s what happened, according to Access Hollywood: "According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s department, the “Melrose Place” star’s black BMW matched debris from a knocked-over “No Parking” sign through an investigation. No further details were available. However, the incident was not reported until 7:48 PM on Saturday. According to authorities, a resident noticed the sign the next day after hearing the crash the night before [around 4 am].The Sheriff’s Department did not test for a DUI due to the time factor, a rep for the department told Access."

Furthermore, according to the article: “Ms. Locklear was cited with a misdemeanor traffic ticket as she is the registered owner of the vehicle,” Blair Berk, Heather’s lawyer, said in a statement to Access. “She was never taken into custody. The matter is still being looked into as it is not yet clear who was driving the vehicle.”


  1. The title of your article is a little misleading, don’t you think? Read the last paragraph and compare it with your title. Come on! Words mean things!

  2. Hi Chopped. At the time we wrote this piece virtually all of the other media publications that carried this item used very similar language in their headlines.
    It’s now about 90 minutes later so a lot more publications have written about it. CBS News, Fox News, the Seattle Post Intelligencer, People, KTLA are just some that have almost exact headlines as we do, using the word “arrested.” The Los Angeles Times, which has a slightly different headline, begins its story saying that Locklear was “arrested” on Saturday for the incident “according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.”

    Chuck Ross
  3. You’re right Copped Liver.

  4. So according to Chuck Ross, it’s okay to be inaccurate because everyone else is being inaccurate. Any shred of personal responsibility is irrelevant. Whatever happened to, “don’t run with a story until you have it right”? The Chuck Ross standard seems to be “run with anything you have as fast as you can no matter what.”

  5. Hi Former. No, it’s not OK to be inaccurate. Our use of the word “arrested” was correct in this case. At the same time, Locklear’s lawyer was also correct that she was “cited.” Here’s the explanation, courtesy TMZ: “The offense is a misdemeanor, so Locklear was not taken into custody — just cited and released. An official from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department tells TMZ a hit-and-run citation constitutes an ‘arrest.’ ”

    Chuck Ross
  6. Come on Chuck, this is inflamatory unnecessarily. She hit a sign and didn’t stop. It would have been better to take the high road and explain the details.

  7. Chuck, you’re justifying a misleading headline by quoting TMZ as your source? Unfortunately that brings TV Week’s credibility down a few too many notches.
    If I wanted sensational headlines that overblow the facts, I would subscribe to TMZ’s nonsense updates.
    But I expect more from an organization like yours. Pretty Weak, TV Week.

  8. Well the title sure got me to click on the article and read! As usual the facts of the incident aren’t quite accurate, but it makes people read.

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