Tatum O'Neal is grateful she got arrested on drug charge!

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You just never know when an angel is gonna intercede in your life.

In Tatum O'Neal's life this weekend, something -- a routine drug sweep by police in her Lower East Side NY hood --  saved her life. And she knows it.

"I'm still sober," the actress, 44, told the New York Post shortly after her release Monday. "Just when I was about to wreck my life, the cops came and saved me! I was saved by the bell, by the guys in the Seventh Precinct."

She said she has been attending 12-step meetings in recent months. She will be due in court July 28 to face a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance, that being crack cocaine.

Photo: WireImage

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