LAPD lets Amanda Bynes drive off 14 days after license revoked
Actress Amanda Bynes' driver's license had been revoked for more than two weeks when she was pulled over last weekend in Hollywood by LAPD officers who never asked her for identification, officials said.
Officials with the California Department of Motor Vehicles says Bynes' license was "revoked" Aug. 25. But video cameras captured Bynes on Sunday being stopped by two uniformed Los Angeles Police Department officers, who detained her briefly with a warning her car lights were off after dark.
Lt. Andrew Neiman of the LAPD said the officers did not ask for her license and are not required to.
The video shows her in the car and later talking with the officers standing on the sidewalk for a few minutes with her arms crossed. She even makes a telephone call while seated in the parked BMW.
Bynes is facing a drunk-driving charge after hitting a Los Angeles County sheriff's cruiser April 6 in West Hollywood. Two more charges of hit-and-run were filed this week.
DMV officials would not state the specific reason for the deactivation of Bynes' license, but the move followed the August hit-and-run allegation.
In the April 6 incident, the 26-year-old actress was arrested about 3 a.m. after authorities said her black BMW struck the rear corner of the patrol car. She was charged with driving under the influence after she refused Breathalyzer or blood-alcohol tests.
She pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Los Angeles city attorney last week charged her in two separate hit-and-run incidents April 10 and Aug. 4.
In the August incident, a motorist said a vehicle driven by Bynes rear-ended and damaged her Toyota on Ventura Boulevard, LAPD sources said. The driver said Bynes stopped only briefly, declared there was no damage and drove off.
The woman told investigators her car was damaged, and Bynes failed to provide insurance information or allow police to be called before she left, Neiman said.
Bynes 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 that the actress did not notify police or exchange insurance information as required by law.
Following her initial DUI charge, Bynes sent a message to President Obama on Twitter.
Photo: Amanda Bynes arrives at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press