Former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, estranged wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, faces drug and child-endangerment charges after her arrest last week in Orange County.
The arrest marks the latest chapter in a sad, very public soap opera of sex, drugs and bizarre behavior that has cost Nadia Lockyer, 41, her political career, her marriage and now, perhaps, her ability to be with her 9-year-old son.
Police went to the Orange home where Lockyer and her son, Diego, were staying with a relative on Aug. 28 after a caller tipped them that she might have drugs there, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney's Office. She said officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia -- tubular aluminum foil with a burned end -- at the house.
"When they later contacted the defendant, she showed objective signs of being under the influence of a drug," Emami said.
Lockyer was arrested and charged with felony methamphetamine possession and three misdemeanors: being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse. The latter charge was lodged because the drug was found in the room Lockyer was sharing with her son, Emami said.
Lockyer entered not guilty pleas to all the counts on Aug. 30 and was released on her own recognizance to National Therapeutic Services, an Orange County drug rehab center offering mental health and addiction services. She's due back in court Monday for a pre-trial hearing.
Lockyer's attorney, Allan Stokke of Newport Beach, said Wednesday "she recognizes her error and she intends to take all appropriate actions to regain her health."
Lockyer resigned her District 2 supervisorial seat April 20, months after a Feb. 3 incident in a Newark hotel room brought her extramarital affair and her drug addiction into the public eye. She had told police that Stephen Chikhani of San Jose -- her lover since 2010 -- had attacked her in the room she had rented for herself and her son following an argument with her husband. After a lengthy review of the evidence, the state Justice Department announced April 30 that no charges would be filed against Chikhani.
Lockyer this summer sought a restraining order to keep Chikhani away from her and her family; a hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning in Pleasanton. Attorney Mark Ressa of San Ramon, representing her in that matter, couldn't immediately be reached for comment Wednesday. Chikhani has denied stalking, bothering or wanting anything to do with Lockyer, though he has made inquiries about selling sex tapes he made with her.
Bill Lockyer, 71, filed for divorce in July, citing "irreconcilable differences" and seeking joint physical and legal custody of their son.
His spokesman, Tom Dresslar, said Wednesday that "Bill hopes Nadia has a successful recovery, and he also wants to make clear that Diego is living with him in the Bay Area and he's safe and sound."
The Lockyers had wed in 2003. One veteran political operative at the time called it "a match made in political heaven." Sharing a home in the Hayward hills, they became a prominent Democratic power couple from whom many local candidates sought blessings and support.
Bill Lockyer transferred about $1.5 million from his campaign committee to his wife's 2010 campaign for supervisor, allowing her to swamp her rivals in a blizzard of direct mail and advertising.
The same day her husband filed the divorce papers, Nadia Lockyer was involved in a car accident near the couple's home. Police said she was talking on her cellphone when she made an "unsafe turning movement," veered off the road and hit a light pole and a tree. She suffered some facial cuts and complained of pain in her arm and was taken to a hospital by ambulance, but she was not seriously injured.
Police said alcohol wasn't a factor in the crash, and she wasn't cited or arrested.