(CBS/AP) ORANGE, Calif. - Police found Nadia Lockyer, the former Alameda County supervisor and estranged wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, with methamphetamine last week in an Orange County house where she was staying with her 9-year-old son, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Lockyer, 41, now faces drug possession and child abuse charges. This arrest is the latest in a series of public substance abuse and relationship struggles for Lockyer. She won her supervisor seat in 2010 with the help of her husband's campaign funding then resigned in April following a string of bizarre public incidents that she blamed on chemical dependency.
Orange County police received a tip last week that led them to a relative's house where Lockyer was staying, district attorney's spokeswoman Farrah Emami said. Lockyer wasn't home, but officers found methamphetamine and paraphernalia used for smoking it. When they later found Lockyer, she showed "objective signs" of meth intoxication and was arrested.
Lockyer pleaded not guilty on Aug. 30 to a felony count of drug possession, two misdemeanor drug charges and one misdemeanor count of child abuse. She faces a child abuse charge because she allegedly kept the drugs in the home with her son.
She was released on her own recognizance to a drug rehab center and is due back in court Monday.
"Nadia recognizes her error and is in the process of doing everything possible to regain her health," her attorney Allan Stokke told The Associated Press.
Lockyer's troubles became public after she claimed in February that she was assaulted by a former boyfriend whom she met in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
Her husband, former attorney general and current treasurer, Bill Lockyer, 71, has filed for divorce and is seeking joint custody of their son.