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Heather Locklear, Mugshot

Santa Barbara Police Department

Looks like the "concerned citizen" who ratted out Heather Locklear's erratic driving last September may have been justified.

The Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office has confirmed that, after a lengthy investigation, the former Melrose Place star has been formally charged with one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs stemming from her Sept. 27 roadside arrest.

"The misdemeanor complaint alleges a violation of California Vehicle Code sections 23152 (a), Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, to wit: prescription medications," said Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter.

The 47-year-old Locklear, who was pulled over after California Highway Patrol got a phone tip from a woman who just happened to be a former Us Weekly reporter.

Locklear was originally arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.

Her arraignment on the charge has been set for Jan. 26.