Police tape of ex-‘Melrose Place’ actress charged in fatal DWI crash played at trial — (NewJersey.com)

SSRI Ed note: Actress on Zoloft drinks, drives, causes fatal accident, is chatty and giddy, waives Miranda rights, the SSRI is never considered as a possible factor.

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By Eugene Paik/The Star-Ledger The Star-Ledger

on July 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM, updated July 14, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Former “Melrose Place” actress Amy Locane looks toward Ellen Torregrossa-O’Connor, one of her two attorneys, while appearing before Judge
Angela Borkowski earlier this week for a Miranda hearing in connection with Locane’s fatal drunken-driving crash last year.

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP — All week, witnesses testified in Superior Court that actress Amy Locane was giddy and conversational in the moments immediately following a crash in Montgomery last summer that left one township woman dead.

Today, an audio recording of Locane’s interview with police showed just how chatty she was.

In the rambling and at-times expletive-laced interview, Locane — whose work includes a season on television’s “Melrose Place” and a role on the Johnny Depp film “Cry-Baby” — admitted to two detectives that she had drunk alcohol over a span of time that included a performance at a Hopewell Township playhouse and a party at a friend’s house.

The 18-minute interview at University Medical Center in Princeton is the heart of this week’s court hearing in Somerville, brought on by the defense’s belief that those statements should not be allowed in trial.

The 39-year-old Locane, of Hopewell, was arrested on June 27, 2010, after her SUV collided with a Mercury Milan on Cherry Hill Road. The crash injured the Milan’s driver and killed his wife, the car’s passenger.

In the interview, Locane also said that she had taken the antidepressant Zoloft and insisted several times to Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Michael Schutta that she did not chase down the medication with alcohol.

Schutta said many of Locane’s claims turned out to be accurate, but there were inconsistencies with some of her statements, such as details about what she did leading up to the crash and the amount of food and alcohol she consumed that evening.

Defense attorney Blair Zwillman took issue with the handling of the interrogation, asking Schutta and Montgomery police Detective Brian Hofacker why Locane wasn’t told about the severity of the crash until after the interview.

The intent was to “have a completely candid interrogation so they’re not able to formulate responses ahead of time,” said Hofacker, who told authorities that night that his wife once worked with Locane in Princeton.

Locane agreed to waive her Miranda rights, but Zwillman questioned if she was able to understand what she was being asked to do. The attorney has suggested that Locane may have been affected by an unchecked head injury, and he said Locane was given an intravenous dose of Ativan, an anti-anxiety medication, before the interview that might have impaired her judgment.