Amanda Bynes charged in two alleged hit-and-run incidents
L.A. prosecutors charged actress Amanda Bynes on Wednesday in connection with two alleged hit-and-run car accidents.
The charges are related to crashes on April 10 and Aug 4. 2012, said city attorney's spokesman Frank Manteljan. Byrnes is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 27 in Van Nuys. She faces a possible sentence of six months in jail for each count, if convicted. 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 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. He said detectives will forward those findings to the L.A. 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 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 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.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Amanda Bynes arrives at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press