Amanda Bynes has been arrested for driving under the influence, reportedly that of a stimulant. The incident took place in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 28.
The former actress is said to have been driving through the San Fernando Valley in a Mercedes, when she chose to stop her vehicle in the middle of an intersection located on Van Nuys Blvd. An officer with the California Highway Police (CHP) took notice of this, and upon further inspection determined that she was under the influence. The 28-year-old was subsequently taken to the Van Nuys division of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), upon which time she was evaluated by a drug recognition officer who confirmed she was under the influence of drugs.
The incident report describes Bynes as having a disheveled appearance, although no further details surrounding this description have yet been disclosed. She was then booked on the aforementioned DUI charge, and released shortly thereafter upon the posting of $15,000 bail. One source has given the information that the drug in question was marijuana, although this has yet to be confirmed.
The arrest poses a serious problem in regards to Bynes’ freedom, as she is currently on probation for a prior arrest that took place in February of 2013. She was sentenced to three years due to a reckless driving conviction, as part of a plea deal she took involving two hit-and-runs and one DUI charge following the side-swiping of a police vehicle. She was also sentenced to the aforementioned probation time again last September, when she was cited for driving under a suspended license, a suspension that was only lifted in April of 2014.
Mental health struggles have also been a big part of Bynes’ life since May of 2013, when she was placed under psychiatric evaluation following an arrest in which she was charged with several crimes: marijuana possession in the criminal sense, tampering with evidence and reckless endangerment following the throwing of a bong at police officers from her 37th apartment balcony in Manhattan. She passed the evaluation, and was subsequently booked for the charges.
She went on to accuse one of the officers of sexual harassment during the arrest, a matter which the department has adamantly denied since. The case itself was dismissed in June of 2014. One month later, she was detained in front of a stranger’s house in her native Californian city of Thousand Oaks, where she had reportedly started a small fire and also accidentally doused her small dog in gasoline, upon which she rushed to the nearest gas station in order to clean him off.
Upon being placed under a 5150 hold, she was released into the care of her parents, who had filed for a conservatorship. The conservatorship was lifted earlier this month, upon which time the former What I Like About You star is said to have begun another downward spiral. Sources close to her say that she has moved out of her parents’ house and now lives alone in an Orange County apartment, where they say she has taken up her marijuana habit in full force once more.
It remains to be seen what will come of Amanda Bynes’ most recent arrest for driving under the influence. An official representative has yet to give any statement on the matter.
By Rebecca Grace