Records from the California Department of Motor Vehicles indicate that Actress Amanda Bynes’ license has been suspended. Bynes, who was charged Wednesday in two hit-and-run car accidents won’t be driving the streets of Los Angeles anytime soon.
Bynes is facing a drunk driving charge after hitting a sheriff’s cruiser April 6 in West Hollywood. After two new charges of hit and run filed this week, her driver’s license has been suspended, DMV officials said. DMV officials would not state the specific reason for the suspension and it is unclear when it took effect.
The 26-year-old actress was arrested about 3 a.m. on April 6 in West Hollywood. Authorities said her black BMW struck the rear corner of the sheriff’s vehicle. She was charged with driving under the influence and refusing a Breathalyzer or blood-alcohol test.
She subsequently denied the allegations on Twitter: “I can’t help but laugh at all of you writing fake stories about me,” she tweeted May 27. “I was not in any hit and runs. I don’t drink so the DUI is false.” She pleaded not guilty through her attorney.
But the Los Angeles city attorney on Tuesday charged her in two separate hit-and-run incidents on April 10 and Aug. 4.
The LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division investigated the Aug. 4 incident on Ventura Boulevard, in which a motorist said a vehicle driven by Bynes rear-ended and damaged her Toyota on Ventura Boulevard. The driver said Bynes stopped only briefly, declared there was no damage and drove off.
The woman told investigators her car was damaged and that Bynes failed to provide insurance information or allow police to be called before she left, Lt. Andrew Neiman said.
Lt. Andrew Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department said investigators determined the Toyota had about $800 in damage, and the actress did not notify police or exchange insurance information as required by law. He said detectives will forward those findings to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, which will decide whether to prosecute the matter, possibly as a hit-and-run case.
Neiman said investigators determined that the Toyota had about $800 in damage, and that the actress did not notify police or exchange insurance information as required by law.
Bynes faces up to a year in jail if convicted in the earlier case and up to a year in jail for the two hit-and-runs, if convicted.
She will be arraigned in court this month on the hit-and-runs. The charges are related to crashes on April 10 and Aug. 4, said city attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan. The file on the April incident was reopened after the August crash.
Following her initial DUI charge, Bynes sent a message to President Obama on Twitter. “Hey@BarackObama… I don’t drink,” read the tweet on the actress’ verified Twitter account. “Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don’t hit and run. The end.”
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Contributor D. Chandler