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Former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Davis Lockyer faces a felony drug possession charge and three misdemeanor charges after being arrested in Orange County last week, prosecutors said today. Orange County District Attorney spokeswoman Farrah Emami said police on Aug. 28 went to a home in the city of Orange where Lockyer and her 9-year-old son were living with a relative after they received a tip that Lockyer might have drugs there. Emami said officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia — tubular aluminum foil with a burned end. Officers also believed that Lockyer showed objective signs of being under the influence of a drug, Emami said.
Lockyer, 41, was arrested and on Aug. 29 she was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and three misdemeanors: being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse. Lockyer pleaded not guilty to all the charges on Aug. 30 and was released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to return to Orange County Superior Court on Monday for a pretrial hearing. Lockyer’s attorney, Allan Stokke, said, “She recognizes her error and expects and intends to take all appropriate actions to regain her health.”
Lockyer was elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in November 2010 after being endorsed by many of the top Democrats in California, including her husband, Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Gov. Jerry Brown, who was the state’s Attorney General at the time, and former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. The District 2 seat that she served encompasses Hayward, Newark and Union City and parts of Fremont and Sunol. But Lockyer announced her resignation on April 20, saying she wasn’t able to be a good mother to her child and represent her 325,000 constituents “while also trudging the waters of early recovery from addiction and the aftermath of interpersonal violence.”
Lockyer apparently was referring to an incident at a motel in Newark on Feb. 3 in which she alleges that an ex-boyfriend assaulted her. Lockyer previously announced on Feb. 14 that she was taking a leave of absence from her post because she was at a wellness and recovery center to be treated for “chemical dependency and chronic pain” stemming from a past car accident and injuries she said she suffered in the alleged assault. Bill Lockyer, 71, filed for divorce in Alameda County Superior Court on July 13.
At 5:10 p.m. that same day, Nadia Lockyer was talking on her cell phone when she went off the road while driving in the 3690 block of Oakes Drive in Hayward, near the couple’s home in the Hayward hills, according to Hayward police spokesman Sgt. Eric Krimm. He said Lockyer’s car hit a light pole and struck a tree and she suffered some facial cuts and complained of pain in her arm. Krimm said her car’s air bag deployed so she was taken to a hospital by ambulance as a precautionary measure but she was treated and released. Lockyer was alone in her car and didn’t injure anyone else, he said. Investigators determined that the accident was caused by unsafe turning and inattention due to using her cellphone but there’s no indication she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Krumm said. Lockyer was not cited and no charges were filed because she was the only person injured in the accident, he said.
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