Tatum Thanks Cops for Drug Bust
O'Neal says arrest saved her from backsliding
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Jun 3, 2008 10:57 AM CDT
Tatum O'Neal leaves Manhattan criminal court following her arraignment yesterday on drug possession charges.    (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
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(Newser) – Tatum O’Neal is thanking the police who busted her for buying drugs Sunday. "Just when I was about to change that and wreck my life, the cops came and saved me!" the actress tells New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser. She says the death of her Scottish terrier “seemed to set me off.”

"I'm eternally grateful, as sort of grim as the situation was, that I didn't get to do what my disease was telling me to do,” the 44-year-old recovering addict said.