Famed Nickelodeon actress and fashion designer Amanda Bynes was arrested in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley after running a red light and failing field sobriety tests administered by a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer.
The actress was driving her 2013 Mercedes SUV down Van Nuys Boulevard at 3:30 AM on the 26th of September when she allegedly ran a red light and preceded to stop in the middle of an intersection. According to a spokesperson for the CHP office, Bynes was administered a drug evaluation that included a series of hand-to-eye coordination tests. Bynes failed these tests leading officers to believe she was under the influence of drugs while driving.
Law enforcement officers reported Bynes being under the influence of stimulants and suspicion of marijuana. According to the incident report, Bynes had a noticeably “disheveled” appearance. Toxicology tests were performed to determine which exact drugs had been consumed, but results could take anywhere between 30-60 days to process. Bynes was booked on DUI charges and was released after posting $15,000 bail.
This most recent arrest conflicts with long-term legal issues stemming all the way back to 2012. In turn, Bynes violated her 3 year probation for reckless driving and DUI charges issued in February of 2014. Last year, Bynes was also charged with reckless endangerment and marijuana possession that took place in New York City. Police reports of the 2013 incident cited Bynes for throwing a water pipe or “bong,” out of her 38th story apartment window. Bynes’s “bong-tossing” charges were dropped after a plea bargain including therapy and treatment.
In November of 2013, Bynes was clinically diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. Sources close to Bynes report that she’s been off of her medication and had been slipping back into her old destructive habits. After her release from an in-patient psychiatric treatment facility last year, Bynes moved in with her parents who sought conservatorship over her, but had recently moved into her own apartment. Given these recent events, her recent arrest is likely due to drug and alcohol relapse.
Further legal implications regarding her recent arrest and probation violation have yet to be determined. Her parental conservatorship has been temporarily reinstated. A court date has been scheduled for February 24, 2015, regarding her parental conservatorship. A court date for her recent arrest is set for October 23, 2014, where she could face a year in jail.