Attention Hollywood, hide your car keys because as Tony Hicks of the Mercury News puts it, Amanda Bynes is “like Lindsay Lohan on steroids.” Bynes cannot drive the streets of Los Angeles Ca., anytime soon since the State has recently suspended her driver’s license. The suspension came in the wake of hit-and-run charges filed against the actress in two separate incidents this year in which she allegedly struck a car and then left the scene.
Bynes is facing drunk driving charges after hitting a sheriff’s cruiser April 6 in West Hollywood.
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.”
She’ll find out whether or not she goes to jail on September 27th.
No word if the actress received an answer to her tweet; but hey, even if she does receive an answer Bynes will still have to wait until September 27th to find out if she goes to jail.
Contributor D. Chandler