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Locklear Case - Waste of Taxpayers' Money?

4/29/2010 1:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned the Ventura County D.A.'s office has sent the Heather Locklear hit-and-run investigation back to the Sheriff's Dept. for further investigation ... and wait til you hear how much money is on the line.

Sources say the D.A. is concerned there's no evidence placing Heather behind the wheel when her BMW hit a no parking sign on April 17 at 4 AM.

Fact is ... sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ there is no surveillance video capturing Heather's car entering her gated community immediately after the crash.

So the D.A. wants the Sheriff to spend more time and money to place Heather behind the wheel.  But we're told the Sheriff's Dept. has already spent around 10 hours on the case.  It will take many more hours to learn where Heather was earlier that evening and follow her tracks.  One insider says it's "a total exercise in futility."

So ... with California going broke ... exactly what's on the line?  The Department of Public Works for Thousand Oaks tells TMZ the sign costs $275 and there are no labor costs.

We're told this investigation will cost thousands of dollars and will ultimately go nowhere.

So, we ask ...

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TheyhaditComing    

whhhhhhhhooooooooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

1602 days ago
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Trish    

Who hasn't jumped a curb? Save the city money, let her be.

1602 days ago
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Dan    

of course she was boozed/drugged up behind the wheel. But in terms of cost, it's not worth it.



I'm sure she'll be boozing or drugging up again... just catch her then.

1602 days ago
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no way    

Yeah, let it slide. We'll worry about her after she kills someone. That should be easier to prove.

1602 days ago
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Gunnergirl    

I wonder how no way #4 knows this for a fact???
I hope heads roll over this one. It makes the police department look very untrustworthy.

1602 days ago
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Craig Swinson    

Here is why it is not a waste of money. She has done something like this in the past. It is almost assuredly her this time again, this time she a sign...what is to say that she doesn't hit a person the next time?



Just catching her the "next time" might be with a body stuck in her windshield or because she ran over a child and drove off.
The woman obviously lacks the common sense but not the means to hire a driver and getting away with something like this will only encourage her.

1602 days ago
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Gospeliscious    

If not for TMZ, nobody, including the sherrif and the DA, would be talking about this.

1602 days ago
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Gunnergirl    

#3 Dan, were you with her? How do you know this for a fact??
You seem very bitter and judgmental. Maybe you should apply for a job for the District D.A.

1602 days ago
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tmz@frog.cc    

It must be at least 40 years ago since she was on Dynasty.

1602 days ago
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cochino    

$275 for a sign. I'd say labor is already factored into that.



Or proof positive why cities are running out of money. Paying high prices for signs.

1602 days ago
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John    

stupid waste of money. Send the bill to her insurance if they can prove it was her car and stop playing games...

1602 days ago
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Trish    

They can't prove she was high. So send her a bill and let her pay for traffic school.

1602 days ago
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c    

u all are stupid, shes as drunk and needs punished, btw never understood why people think she good looking, never has been

1602 days ago
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loretta    

Why don't they just ask Heather? Maybe she's honest.

1602 days ago
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GleeGeeBeeGee    

Poor Heather. She should be allowed to drive hopped-up on pain meds anytime she wants. How dare the public be concerned about their safety. All celebrities have the right to drive drunk or high on prescriptions. The are the Lords and masters of us regular folk. Give her a break, she is trying to take the focus off her terrible cheek implants and facelift. Let her take as much medication as she wants and get behind the wheel of a car, its not like she does it often. /sarcasm

1602 days ago
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