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Amanda Bynes Arrested for Driving Under the Influence
Just when it seemed like Amanda Bynes was working through her problems and making serious strides towards sobriety, her progress came to an abrupt halt over the weekend. During the early hours of Sunday morning, the 28-year-old actress was once again arrested for DUI. This time, she was allegedly driving under the influence of the stimulant drug Adderall. Sources also claim the She’s the Man starlet appeared to be high and wreaked of marijuana, but this allegation has yet to be confirmed.
Details of the Arrest
While driving through Sherman Oaks, California, Bynes caught the eye of California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers. They observed Bynes driving her white Mercedes Benz SUV on Riverside Drive, where she stopped for a red light. Under normal circumstances, stopping for a red light would be appropriate, but Bynes allegedly stopped right in the middle of a 4-way intersection.
CHP officers immediately pulled Bynes over, noting in the official report that the actress had “a disheveled appearance.” The former child star of Nickelodeon’s “All That” and “The Amanda Show” was questioned and quickly put through a series of field sobriety tests. Unfortunately, she failed each one.
Officers transported Bynes to the West Valley CHP office where she underwent an evaluation by one of the department’s drug recognition experts. By 7 a.m. Sunday morning, she was officially placed under arrest for driving under the influence and booked into the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys Jail.
Bynes has a long history of drug abuse. In court papers, her parents have described their daughter as “appearing to have a substance abuse problem” and being “extremely paranoid about being watched, including at our residence.” Adding a stimulant drug like Adderall to the mix is like adding gasoline to a fire.
Bynes’ drug of choice in the past has been marijuana. Shortly after moving to New York in 2013, police officers were called to her midtown apartment by the building doorman who reported the actress was smoking marijuana in the lobby, acting erratically, and talking to herself. The Hairspray actress was charged with criminal possession of marijuana and attempted tampering with evidence after throwing a bong out of her 36th floor Manhattan apartment. Bynes later entered a Malibu rehab facility and received treatment for her marijuana addiction.
Media outlets are reporting that the Adderall in Bynes’ system was legally prescribed by a doctor and she had taken the drug before getting stopped Sunday morning. Despite the legalities, Bynes was still found to be operating a vehicle while impaired. The official toxicology report will take up to six weeks.
As if that weren’t enough, Bynes also faces a probation violation. She is currently on probation in California for driving with a suspended license.
The Family in Turmoil
Last year, Bynes’ parents asked for – and were granted – a temporary conservatorship based on the actress’ mental health. Coincidentally, that conservatorship ended earlier this month and her parents saw no need to extend it. After the conservatorship was lifted, the actress moved out of her parents’ home and they haven’t seen her since.
Bynes is due to appear in court on October 23.
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