Anne Heche’s legal problems are just beginning

Anne Heche could expect legal consequences for the fire accident, which put her in an “extremely critical condition” with severe burns. On August 5, the actor suffered serious injuries after crashing his Mini Cooper multiple times through the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles. Video obtained by TMZ appears to show the actress attacking an apartment complex garage before speeding away. In a second clip, captured just moments later, what appears to be the same Mini Cooper owned by the “Volcano” actress can be seen speeding through a residential area before crashing into a house and bursting into flames. The actor was taken to the hospital and has not regained consciousness since the accent.

According to Page Six, a photo taken after her collision with the garage appears to show a bottle of alcohol in her center console, suggesting Heche may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, although this has not been confirmed.

The police obtained a search warrant to test Heche’s blood

Authorities believe Anne Heche may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash, TMZ has learned. Whether the “Six Days, Seven Nights” actress was under the influence of alcohol or another substance is being determined by Los Angeles Police Department, who obtained a search warrant to test her blood on the day of the accident. Authorities have yet to confirm the blood test results and the investigation is ongoing. “If found drunk, [Heche] could be charged with misdemeanor DUI hit and run. No arrests have been made so far,” an LAPD official told Page Six.

Emily D. Baker, a legal analyst and former LA County Assistant District Attorney, told People that investigations into possible charges of DUI or reckless driving typically close “quite quickly,” but that Heche’s current condition could impede investigations. “Since she’s in the hospital, I assume they’ll take their time. They won’t be in any rush to arrest her,” Baker told the outlet, adding that her status as a public figure will also play a role in the investigation. A first offense DUI in California is a misdemeanor that usually carries a suspended sentence, although jail time is possible.

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