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Amanda Bynes pleads not guilty to misdemeanor hit-and-run

Amanda Bynes

Actress Amanda Bynes pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to misdemeanor hit-and-run charges.

An attorney entered the plea on behalf of Bynes, who was not required to appear in court. The actress faces a possible sentence of six months in jail for each count if convicted.

The charges are related to crashes on April 6 and Aug 4. The file on the April incident was reopened after the August crash.

The LAPD's Valley Traffic Division investigated the August incident on Ventura Boulevard, in which a motorist claims a vehicle driven by Bynes rear-ended and damaged her Toyota. 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 that she and the woman mutually agreed there was no significant damage after the low-speed collision, police said.

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.

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 cruiser.

She was arrested about 3 a.m. April 6 near the corner of Robertson and Santa Monica boulevards in West Hollywood after her black BMW allegedly hit the rear corner of the sheriff's 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. And more recently, she was charged with driving on a suspended license.

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Photo: Amanda Bynes. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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