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Bleeth Arrested After Car Accident

September 15, 2001 GMT

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) _ Actress Yasmine Bleeth spent a night in jail after patrol officers found what they suspect was cocaine in her purse during their investigation of a car accident, police said Friday.

No charges had been filed and no one was injured in the one-car accident Wednesday night, said Cmdr. David Early of the Romulus Police Department.

Bleeth, who lives in Los Angeles, has starred in television’s ``Baywatch″ and ``Nash Bridges.″ Contacted Friday, an assistant for Bleeth agent Larry Taube said he had not heard about her arrest and declined further comment.


Early said Bleeth, accompanied by a male passenger, drove off Interstate 94 and onto the freeway’s median strip.

He said Bleeth acted intoxicated while the officers questioned her but didn’t appear to be under the influence of alcohol. After she failed field sobriety tests, they searched her purse and discovered four syringes containing what police suspect was a liquid form of cocaine, plus a small plastic bag containing cocaine residue, Early said.

Bleeth could be charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, a misdemeanor, and possession of a narcotic, a felony that carries a prison sentence of one to seven years, Early said.

She spent Wednesday night in a holding cell at the police department’s jail and was released Thursday morning, he said.