Amanda Bynes' driver's license suspended by DMV
Actress Amanda Bynes can no longer drive the streets of Los Angeles because her driver's license has been suspended, according to records from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Bynes is facing a drunk driving charge after hitting a sheriff's cruiser April 6 in West Hollywood. After two new charges of hit and run filed this week, her driver's license has been suspended, DMV officials said. DMV officials would not state the specific reason for the suspension and it is unclear when it took effect.
The 26-year-old actress was arrested about 3 a.m. on April 6 in West Hollywood. Authorities said her black BMW struck the rear corner of the sheriff's vehicle. She was charged with driving under the influence and refusing a Breathalyzer or blood-alcohol test.
She subsequently denied the allegations on Twitter: "I can't help but laugh at all of you writing fake stories about me," she tweeted May 27. "I was not in any hit and runs. I don't drink so the DUI is false." She pleaded not guilty through her attorney.
But the Los Angeles city attorney on Tuesday charged her in two separate hit-and-run incidents on 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 that Bynes failed to provide insurance information or allow police to be called before she left, Lt. Andrew 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 that 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. "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."
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Amanda Bynes arrives at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press