Poor Amanda Bynes! The girl has been in more trouble this year than any other celebrity. She’s lost her license; been turned away from a private jet ride; arrested for marijuana smoking and throwing her bong out of her high-rise apartment window, and now, she’s all fired up and on psychiatric hold!
She decided to get all fired up on Sunday night at around 9 pm. TMZ reported that the 27 year-old All That star had been arrested in Thousand Oaks, California (part of the greater Los Angeles area) for acting a bit “whacky.” She has been placed on the 5150 hold for starting a fire in the driveway of a complete stranger!
The entertainment news site, TMZ reported that law enforcement officials have arrested the Hairspray actress, and placed on psychiatric hold after being arrested sometime after 9 pm. Apparently the Thousand Oaks local fire department had been called out to deal with a small fire at a Thousand Oaks address. And somewhat amazingly the house wasn’t too far from where Bynes had just recently been accused of trespassing.
A helpful neighbour spotted the driveway fire and called the fire department. Firefighters arrived to find the ex-Nickelodeon actress standing near the small fire on the driveway. The fire department then called the sheriff’s department.
When the sheriff’s deputies got to the address, they asked Bynes what she was doing and why she was there. According to the deputies, her answers were so far out in left field that they decided that the She’s All That star should be hospitalised on a “5150.
If you look up 5150 on the internet, it means – in police jargon – “a crazy person on the loose,” and a 5150 hold is involuntary hospitalization for mental evaluation. Amanda Bynes can only be on the psychiatric hold for 72 hours after getting all fired up.
The homeowner of the house where Bynes set the fire, didn’t realise anything was happening until local law enforcement officials knocked on her door and asked her, “Do you know anyone by the name of Amanda Bynes, or why she would have some vendetta against you?” The elderly resident responded in the negative and the deputies then told her that a young woman was in her driveway. They explained that the woman (Bynes) had lit a fire and was carrying a “little red gas tank.”
According to TMZ the elderly resident said that deputies told her that Bynes had set part of her own clothing on fire.
It does raise the question as to whether or not there might be some connection between Amanda’s elderly fire target and her altercation with the police earlier at a retirement home. Before the driveway fire, police responded to a disturbance outside the facility, which is apparently just down the road, after Amanda had an argument with a taxi driver.
The driver said that Bynes was attempting to enter the old folks home with the manager turning her away because it was thought the young woman was intoxicated. The same manager later accused Bynes of trespassing.
After being turned away, some helpful staff who worked at the retirement home called cab for Amanda to take her away from the premises. But once Bynes got into the car she shouted, to the driver, “Get me the f*** out of here … I don’t have any money.”
When the cab driver heard that his potential passenger had no money, he then, allegedly, told Bynes to get out of his vehicle. The police were then called to assist the driver. There is no record of whether or not Amanda was arrested or cautioned, or if any action was taken against her as a result of the call.
The driver claimed that before police arrived Bynes said she was, “visiting a relative at the retirement home.”
Amanda Bynes has been in a lot of trouble this year alone. She’s constantly in the news for her increasingly bizarre behaviour and, this time, it looks like she might get the help she apparently needs. She may be fired up about something, but until the psychiatric hold order finishes, she won’t be able to do anything about it.
By Michael Smith