Amanda Bynes' legal troubles continue to mount
Amanda Bynes, who was charged Wednesday in two hit-and-run car accidents, still faces a trial in an earlier alleged impaired-driving case.
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. It's unclear when the DUI trial will begin, or whether she will accept a plea deal, which is common in such cases.
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.
The LAPD's Valley Traffic Division investigated the Aug. 4 incident on Ventura Boulevard, in which a motorist says a vehicle driven by Bynes rear-ended her Toyota, damaging it. 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, said Lt. Andrew Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Bynes, 26, later told investigators she and the woman mutually agreed there was no significant damage after the low-speed collision, police said.
Neiman 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.
The case is the third brush with the law for Bynes this year. She was charged with driving under the influence after her arrest in April, when she allegedly struck an L.A. County Sheriff's Department cruiser.
In a tweet afterward, the actress, who rose to fame in the Nickelodeon show "All That" and has starred in movies, including the musical "Hairspray," called on President Obama to "fire the cop who arrested me."
"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 was arrested about 3 a.m. April 6 near Robertson and Santa Monica boulevards in West Hollywood after her black BMW allegedly hit the rear corner of the Sheriff's Department vehicle.
Bynes denied the allegations. "I can't help but laugh at all of you writing fake stories about me," she wrote May 27. "I was not in any hit and runs. I don't drink so the DUI is false."
Bynes is also charged with refusing a sobriety test.
Police said the actress was also involved in a minor traffic incident in May.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Amanda Bynes arrives at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press