Zamboni Driver Arrested on DUI Charges

By lnass

A Zamboni driver was arrested Friday on suspicion of operating the machine while drunk during a high school hockey game in Fargo, North Dakota.

Steven Anderson, 27, was arrested after exhibiting “erratic behavior” between the first and second periods of the hockey game. A school official called police to the arena, where Anderson was arrested.

“Some of the parents noticed the driver appeared to be impaired,” Jim Larson, Director of Finance and Humans Resources for Fargo Parks, said to ABC News. “I have been with the district for 22 years and this is the first time we’ve experienced this.”

Anderson, from Fargo, was booked at the Cass County Jail and released on bail on Saturday morning.

According to Larson, Anderson worked for Fargo Parks seasonally for the past six years; he has been completely removed from work at the present time.

North Dakota court records show that Anderson was arrested and convicted of another DUI charge as recently as December 15. He was also charged with possession of marijuana paraphernalia during the same arrest.

Anderson pled guilty to the December charge. He was sentenced to 20 hours of community service and was barred from consuming alcohol until January 6.

“Safety is critical…we consider this to be a very serious incident. On Monday we will take a full review to see how this happened and what we can do keep it from ever occurring again,” said Larson.

Larson states the Fargo Park District was unaware of the December arrest. While the park district conducts background checks on its employees once a year, Larson is unsure as to the last time Anderson was last check for DUI charges, as he is a seasonal employee.

According to ABC News, no players were injured and no damages were caused while Anderson drove the Zamboni while impaired.

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Children Jump From Car Driven By Drunk Mother

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A 45-year-old Florida woman faces drug and child neglect charges after four children jumped out of her car claiming that she was driving under the influence, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

Angela Woodworth, 45, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and four counts of child neglect.

Police report that four 11-year-old children entered a Steak and Shake restaurant after jumping from the vehicle; the children, Woodworth’s son and his three friends, left the car because they were fearful of Woodworth driving while drunk. They appeared visibly upset.

The children said Woodworth had taken them to several locations around town, including a park, a Chinese restaurant, a bowling alley, and a Ruby Tuesday. Woodworth consumed two drinks at the bowling alley and four drinks at Ruby Tuesday.

Woodworth’s son witnessed his mother drink two pitchers of beer and one margarita, according to police. Law enforcement corroborated the purchase of alcoholic beverages by obtaining receipts.

The boys said they wandered the shopping mall unsupervised while Woodworth drank at Ruby Tuesday.

Upon leaving the mall, Woodworth was swerving all over the road and hit a pole. The children jumped out of the vehicle when she stopped the car. All four boys give the same version of the incident.

Woodworth allegedly refused to comply with officers when confronted and obstructed with their investigation when they first spoke to her.

A search of Woodworth’s car revealed around 2 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe under the driver’s seat, according to Gainesville Police.

Woodworth admitted to drinking one pitcher of beer at the bowling alley, but denied visiting Ruby Tuesday. The police report stated that Woodworth’s speech was slurred, that she smelled of alcohol, and that she was “obviously intoxicated.”

According to NHTSA data, 239 child passengers (under age 15) were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2012—20 percent of all child traffic deaths. Of those, 52 percent were passengers in a car with the drunk driver.

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South Carolina Leads Nation in DUI Deaths

By lnass

South Carolina is the worst state in the nation in regards to the percentage of drunken driving deaths, according to a recent study by the National Highway Safety Administration.

South Carolina had 767 traffic deaths in 2013; of those fatalities, 335, or 44 percent, were attributable to drunken driving. The national average is currently 31 percent.

Nearby states, such as North Carolina and Georgia, are both lower than the national average, at 29 percent and 25 percent respectively. Utah has the lowest percent of drunken driving deaths, at 17 percent.

While alcohol-related traffic deaths in South Carolina have decreased by 4 percent between 2012 and 2013, the state still has a lot to work on.

“Improvements aren’t being made fast enough, and it’s a shame that we lead the nation in such devastating circumstances,” MADD South Carolina Program Director Steven Burritt said. “It forces us to ask ourselves as a state once again whether we’re doing everything we know we should to drive these numbers down. We know the answer is that we’re not.”

State Trooper Hannah Wimberly of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the department made over 500 DUI arrests in Beaufort and Jasper counties alone.

“With the amount of troopers working out here as hard as they can, we had many safety checkpoints out here to try and get these drivers off the roadway before they hurt or killed somebody,” Wimberly said.

Highway patrol has enacted several tactics to increase DUI arrests, such as increased patrol, DUI checkpoints and various targeted initiatives.

“DUI is not just a statistic…it’s somebody’s family and friends that you need to take into consideration,” said Wimberly. “If people continue to drink and drive, we will continue to arrest them and our numbers will continue to rise.”

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Oklahoma Proposes DUI Alcohol Restriction Bill

By lnass

An Oklahoma legislator is proposing a state bill to prohibit drivers facing DUI charges from purchasing or consuming alcohol.

The bill, written by Sen. Patrick Anderson (R), would permit courts to legally ban a person from drinking alcohol for an amount of time determined by the court.

Drivers convicted of a DUI would be given a replacement identification card, classifying the person as “Alcohol Restricted.” The proposed law would also make it illegal for others to provide alcohol to those under alcohol restriction—up to a $1,000 fine or a year in prison.

Critics have begun voicing their concerns on the proposed alcohol restriction bill, questioning how the law would be enforced.

Former federal prosecutor Doug Burns says the law could land a person in court for unassuming acts, such as purchasing wine for a family dinner. Burns is quoted by Fox 25 Oklahoma City as calling the alcohol restriction bill “crazy.”

Defense Attorney David Slane also questions the infringement on certain rights posed by alcohol restriction.

“The law does not have a catch all provision that would allow for circumstances if it’s in the food,” Slane cautioned. “In cases where people have religious right to take communion where there may be alcohol in the wine does it allow for that?”

Other critics wonder if Oklahoma legislators could implement such severe actions when the state faces large budget deficits, such as understaffed police departments and 911 response centers.

Last year, Oklahoma passed an extreme law that allows prosecutors to impound the automobile of a person facing drunken driving charges once their case goes to court.

New Mexico debated a similar law in 2013, making it temporarily illegal for a person convicted of a DUI to consume alcohol. However, there has been no recent movement on such a proposal.

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CO Man’s 16th DUI Charge Prompts Felony DUI Law Debate

By lnass

The 16th DUI charge of a Colorado man has provoked state legislators to reconsider drunken driving laws.

In November, a Colorado grand jury indicted Denny Lovern, 57, on several charges related with his latest DUI-related accident. Lovern himself admitted he “had a lot to drink and should not have been driving.”

The grand jury indicted Lovern on nine charges, including attempted first-degree assault and attempted manslaughter.

According to 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler, Lovern’s case is the first time his office has pursued a chronic DUI offender with a grand jury indictment.

Colorado is one of five states, plus Washington D.C., does not have a felony DUI law. In Colorado, the greatest penalty for a DUI charge is one year in the county jail. The other states without a DUI felony law are Maine, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Under particular circumstances, Colorado prosecutors bring felony DUI charges against an alleged offender if the charge is joined with a habitual traffic offender indictment. Even if a DUI charge is combined with an HTO charge, an offender can receive up to one and a half years in prison.

In Lovern’s case, he was not charged with an HTO because he had reinstated his license with the DMV.

Colorado Representative Mark Waller has twice proposed a felony DUI law, only to have the bill fail. Some legislators feel there is not enough data to support a felony DUI law making Colorado streets safer.

“It’s something we absolutely need in this state and we need it in this state because we have these guys who are on their fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth DUI, and treatment is no longer an incentive in any way for them,” Waller said. “It’s not getting the job done. You have to have other options to handle this very serious public safety issue.”

A new felony DUI bill is slated to be introduced in the Colorado Senate in January.

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Supreme Court to Hear Colorado DUI Blood Draw Case

By lnass

Prosecutors in Colorado have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that an officer needed a warrant to obtain a blood sample from a suspected drunk driver.

When Jack Schaufele caused a traffic accident in spring of 2012 in Greenwood Village, Colorado, his blood alcohol level was close to three times the legal limit. However, this evidence may be withheld from a jury.

A Colorado Supreme Court judge threw out records of Schaufele’s blood alcohol level, stating the arresting officer did not attempt to obtain a warrant before ordering a blood draw, thus nullifying the legality of presenting such information as evidence.

Thirteen other states have filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

If the U.S. Supreme Court decides to consider the case, the results will have national consequences. If they rule on the side of prosecutors, it will be easier for authorities to obtain blood samples without a judge’s consent in DUI cases.

Without a change in the law, blood tests taken without a warrant will continue to be excluded from trials—even if the tests reveal the driver was above the legal blood alcohol limit.

On May 20, 2012, Schaufele’s Ford SUV crashed into a Honda Accord, injuring the other driver. Responding officers were unsure if Schaufele’s disorientation was due to alcohol intoxication or a result of an airbag deployment.

When Schaufele arrived at the hospital, a different officer—the fourth person to interact with him—smelled alcohol on his breath and ordered a blood draw. She attempted to alert him to the procedure, but was unable as he was unconscious or asleep. The officer never attempted to obtain a warrant.

In April 2013, the Supreme Court found that authorities need to consider several factors and be able to explain their rationale before ordering a blood draw.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that in suspected DUI cases, because alcohol levels are continuously decreasing in a person’s bloodstream, there should be an exception to the April ruling.

The Supreme Court could announce its decision to hear this case in January.

Schaufele is faces four counts, included driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular assault.

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WSU Developing Marijuana Breath Test

By lnass

Scientists at Washington State University are working to create a breath test that could promptly determine whether a person is driving under the influence of marijuana.

At the time, police can only use blood tests to determine if THC—the psychoactive component of marijuana—is present in a driver’s blood. The results are not immediate.

WSU chemistry professor Herbert Hill and WSU doctoral student Jessica Tufariello are working on a handheld device that utilizes ion mobility spectrometry that identifies THC in a person’s breath.

Hill said this technology already exists and is employed by airport security and customs agents to detect drugs and explosives at checkpoints. He believes this technology can be reused to test breath for THC.

At first, the marijuana breath test would not identify the level of THC in a person’s system; it would merely tell an officer if active THC was present in the driver, according to Hill.

He still believes this tool would greatly assist officers in deciding whether or not to arrest an alleged impaired driver.

“We believe at least initially that it would lower the false positives that an officer would have,” Hill said to the Seattle Times. “They would have a higher level of confidence in making an arrest.”

Law enforcement would still need to acquire final test results to use as court evidence, similar to procedures after positive breath tests for alcohol impairment.

Bob Calkins, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol, said the bureau would “welcome anything that will help us get impaired drivers off the road.”
Calkins added State Patrol would not use any new technology until the tool is fully developed.

“It needs to be rock solid before we’ll adopt it,” he said.

Hill says the research team plans to conclude laboratory tests and introduce a prototype tool by the end of 2014; they will begin human breath testing between January and June 2015.

Researchers hope to have a working device out on the field by mid-2015.

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Blackout Wednesday Shows Upswing in DUIs

By lnass

While Thanksgiving is the traditional celebration Americans observe this time of year, another festivity has come into popularity is the potentially risky Blackout Wednesday.

Blackout Wednesday, or Thanksgiving Eve, occurs the Wednesday before Thanksgiving; it is associated with binge drinking, as most people do not work on Thursdays, and many college students are home with their families to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Data from several organizations show that both drunken driving and binge drinking exponentially increase during the holidays—beginning with Blackout Wednesday.

In some urban areas, bars report they see greater business on this day than on St. Patrick’s Day or New Year’s Eve, according to a Detroit CBS affiliate.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 728 people will be injured or killed every day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, all due to drunken driving accidents. This amount is two to three times higher than the rest of the year.

Alcohol Monitoring Systems, who monitor previously convicted drunk drivers 24/7, see a 32 percent increase of drinking violations in the 17,000 people they monitor daily.

“And that’s for individuals who know they’re being tested every 30 minutes, know they’ll be caught and know there will be consequences,”AMS CEO Mike Iiams said in a statement. “That number just illustrates the significance of family stress, money stress and an endless supply of holiday temptations for people already struggling with alcohol.”

To combat the upswing in drunken drivers and DUIs, many communities see an increase in DUI checkpoints.

MADD reports that one arrest is made in every 88 episodes of drunk driving. DUI checkpoints, which target a greater number of drivers on a hazardous holiday, can lessen alcohol-related accidents and fatalities by between 18 and 24 percent.

Additionally, DUI checkpoints provide a deterrent for drivers to get behind the wheel while intoxicated, especially on noted holidays.

It is encouraged that Americans make a plan to get home safely before leaving holiday gatherings ahead of time to lessen the risk of driving drunk.

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Former Bears QB Avellini Sentenced to Prison for Multiple DUIs

By lnass

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Bob Avellini was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for aggravated DUI, according to prosecutors.

Avellini, 61, negotiated a guilty plea to the felony drunken driving charge in exchange for the prison sentence.

Judge Daniel Guerin ordered Avellini surrender December 1 to begin serving his sentence. Additionally, until he surrenders, Avellini is ordered to wear an anklet that can detect any alcohol in his system.

Avellini was arrested for felony DUI and probation violation in September 2013 when Roselle police stopped him near his home. According to police, Avellini’s blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. He was only nine days into a sentence for an earlier DUI conviction, which included a suspension of his license.

Since 2002, Avellini has been arrested six times for DUI; according to court records, he beat charges three times.

According to David Spada, one of Avellini’s attorneys, the former footballer has been diagnosed with depression and concussion syndrome after numerous football-related brain trauma injuries. Spada alleges Avellini’s depression lead to his problems with alcohol abuse, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Avellini recently filed suit in California against the NFL team, attempting to get compensation for combined injuries he sustained throughout his career. California allows former athletes to make compensation claims, no matter where the injury was sustained.

Avellini faced up to seven years in the 2013 DUI case. Marvin LaScola, another one of Avellini’s attorneys, attributed his client’s clean record as the reason he received less time in prison on his current charges.

With good time credits, Avellini is expected to serve less than a year in prison, said LaScola.

“The idea is to move on past this, and move on in a positive manner. I know that’s what Bob wants to do,” LaScola added.

Avellini played for the Chicago Bears from 1975-84. In his nine years as Bears’ quarterback, Avellini passed for over 7,100 yards with 33 touchdowns and 69 interceptions.

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“Cake Boss” Star Arrested for DUI

By lnass

Realty TV Baker, “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro has been arrested on a drunken-driving charge, according to New York City police.

Bartolo Valastro, or Montville, New Jersey, was seen driving his yellow 2014 Corvette in near Penn Station in Manhattan around 1am on Thursday. Valastro was allegedly driving erratically and swerving between lanes.

Officers on the scene noted Valastro’s eyes were bloodshot and watery; additionally, they smelled alcohol on his breath and found him to be unsteady on his feet when he exited his vehicle.

When Valastro failed more than one field sobriety test, he was arrested and taken to central booking in Manhattan. He is expected to appear in court today for arriagnment.

At age 11, Valastro began working at his family’s business, Carlo’s Bakery. He took over the bakery in 1994 at age 17 after the death of his father Buddy Sr.

Valastro and Carlo’s Bakery rose to fame due to the TLC reality series “Cake Boss,” which follows the operation of the bakery. The show focuses on the process of baking and projects they undertake, as well as interpersonal relationship among family members and staff.

The original bakery is located in Hoboken, New Jersey. As a result of the popularity of “Cake Boss,” Carlo’s Bakery opened five more New Jersey locations, one café in Manhattan, and one restaurant in Las Vegas. Valastro also operates an event planning and catering company, Buddy V’s Events.

In addition to “Cake Boss,” Valastro’s talent has spurred several variations of television shows, such as “Kitchen Boss,” “The Next Great Baker,” and “Buddy’s Bakery Rescue.”

Valastro, 42, and his wife Lisa are parents to four children. The family resides in East Hanover, New Jersey.

Valastro’s attorneys have no comment at this time, according to CBS New York.

The Hoboken bakery did not immediately return calls to media and issued no statement.

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Woman Receives 20 Year Sentence for Fatal Florida DUI

By lnass

A 31-year-old Florida woman who killed two sisters in a DUI accident was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday.

Terra Goodier was driving her SUV west on the eastbound side of State Road 44 near New Smyrna Beach, Florida around 9:30pm on January 12, 2012. Goodier drove the wrong way for roughly 3 ½ miles before she crashed her SUV into another car. The impact killed driver Linda Johnson, 57, and her sister Christine Enright, 59.

Goodier’s blood alcohol level was 0.106 percent at the time of the accident—0.08 percent above the legal limit.

The incident was Goodier’s second DUI arrest. In 2007, she accepted a plea that brought her drunken driving charge down to reckless driving. Goodier received six months of probation in the case.

Goodier pleaded no contest to two counts of DUI causing death, which are each a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in person. She accepted a plea deal that kept her potential sentence between 15 and 20 years in prison.

On Tuesday, Circuit Judge R. Michael Hutcheson ruled a guilty verdict. Goodier was sentenced to 20 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation. During her probation, Goodier is forbidden from drinking any alcohol or patronizing any bars.

Hutcheson considered the probationary period of Goodier’s previous DUI arrest for his sentencing. Goodier was given a concurrent extra 6 months’ probation for producing a fraudulent urine sample. In 2013, Goodier’s bail was revoked when she tested positive for cocaine.

During her testimony, Goodier tearfully addressed the two sisters’ family members who were present in the courtroom. She stated she was not living according to the Bible or how she was raised.

The victims’ families were skeptical of Goodier’s words. Linda Johnson’s son Zach testified in court specifically about Goodier’s guilt.

“I sit here and I really struggle with whether or not you truly understand that what you did was wrong and that you are guilty because you feel bad or is it because you are worried about the next 15 to 20 years of your life,” Johnson said.

There has been no official comment from Goodier regarding her sentencing.

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Verdict in Polo Club DUI Manslaughter Case

By lnass

For a second time, Florida jurors have convicted the founder of the International Polo Club in a deadly drunken-driving accident.

John Goodman, 51, was found guilty of DUI manslaughter, failure to render aid and vehicular homicide. The verdict came after 15 days of deliberation in a retrial. He faces up to 16 years in prison.

Police say in February 2010, an intoxicated Goodman ran a stop sign and crashed his Bentley into 23-year-old Scott Patrick Wilson’s car. The collision caused Wilson’s car to roll into a canal, ultimately leading to his drowning death.

Prosecutors stated Goodman had been drinking for several hours before the 1am crash and that his blood-alcohol level was more than twice the .08 legal limit. They said Goodman knowingly left the scene and waited almost an hour before calling 911.

Goodman’s defense attorneys argued that his high blood-alcohol level was caused by his imbibing after the crash, in an attempt to quell the pain of his broken wrist. Additionally, the attorneys contended Goodman left the scene to find a phone to call 911, a misjudgment due to a concussion he suffered from the crash.

In March 2012, a Palm Beach County jury found Goodman guilty after just six hours of deliberation; the verdict was dismissed due to juror misconduct.

In addition to founding the International Polo Club, Goodman is an heir to a Texas heating and air conditioning fortune.

Goodman was immediately remanded to the Palm Beach County Jail to await sentencing. His attorneys are expected to file a motion for Goodman to be released on bond pending an appeal.

Chief Assistant State Attorney Alan Johnson spoke to Wilson’s parents after the final verdict was read.

“This case is about Scott Patrick Wilson,” he said. “And that’s who achieved justice today, and that’s who we all should be thinking about.”

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Appellate Decision in Medical Marijuana DUI Case

By lnass

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that the state’s medical marijuana law does not give drivers protection from laws about driving under the influence.

In 2011, Travis Darrah, a medical marijuana user, was pulled over and charged with two counts of DUI. A test taken following his arrest showed the presence of marijuana in his body.

While a jury acquitted Darrah of the first count, driving while impaired, they did not clear him of the second charge of having a prohibited drug of its metabolite in his system. Darrah argued that his medical license to use marijuana gave him immunity from DUI laws.

Due to his conviction, Darrah now faces a day in jail, up to $1,500 in fines, required substance abuse help and a one-year suspension of his driver’s license.

Darrah appealed his case to the state’s Court of Appeals; on Tuesday they ruled that voter-approved state medical marijuana laws have no exemptions regarding DUI laws.

Arizona’s state legislature regarding medical marijuana has numerous safeguards for licensed users, such as workplace and tenant protections. There is nothing regarding DUIs and driving when it comes to medical marijuana exemptions.

“If Arizona voters had intended to completely bar the state from prosecuting authorized marijuana users under (this section of the law), they could have easily done so by using specific language to that effect,” Appellate Judge Michael Brown wrote.

Attorney John Tatz acknowledges that the law does not make it legal for a cardholder to operate a vehicle while under the influence, but that the law also says a user cannot be considered under the influence if traces of marijuana metabolites are found in a driver’s system.

“You could have a small amount of active metabolite in the system and not be impaired,” Tatz said.

Tatz is considering appealing Brown’s decision to the Supreme Court.

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Olympian Michael Phelps Arrested for DUI

By lnass

Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps was arrested for DUI in Baltimore on Tuesday morning, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

The 18-time Olympic gold medal winner was pulled over around 1:40am in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 when an officer clocked him driving 84 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Officers realized Phelps was intoxicated and gave him a field sobriety test, which he failed. He was also seen crossing double lane lines. Authorities say he was cooperative through the incident and he was released soon after he was taken to a transportation station.

Phelps, 29, acknowledged the arrest and made an apology on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon:

“I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility. I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down.”

This is Phelps’ second DUI charge; his first DUI charge was 2004 and was also in Maryland. Phelps received 18 months’ probation and a monetary fine. He was required to speak at three area high schools regarding alcohol awareness.

In 2009, Phelps came under fire when a photograph emerged of him allegedly smoking marijuana from a bong. He was suspended from competitive swimming for three months and lost Kellogg Co. as a sponsor.

“I’ll make a million mistakes in my life but as long as I never make the same mistake again, then I’ve been able to learn and grow,” Phelps said to CNN in 2012.

Phelps is the most accomplished Olympian of all time with 22 Olympic medals in a myriad of swimming events. He first won an Olympic gold medal in Athens in 2004 and competed most recently in the 2012 London Olympics.

Phelps retired after the London games but has alluded to a comeback in the 2016 Brazil games. He says he is taking the decision “one step at a time.”

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Amanda Bynes Arrested for DUI

By lnass

Actress Amanda Bynes was arrested for driving under the influence in Los Angeles this Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Bynes, 28, was stopped around 3:30am when a CHP officer noticed her vehicle stopped in the middle of an intersection. She was arrested at 4:10am.

Officers examined the former child star at a local police station and determined she was under the influence of an unidentified drug. TMZ and Fox News report Bynes had taken Adderall that night, which had been prescribed by a doctor.

A press release states that Bynes was cooperative while she was in police custody. She posted $15,000 bail at 7am the next day and was let go on her own recognizance.

This arrest is the latest in a string of legal troubles the former Nickelodeon star has faced in recent years.

Bynes is still under probation from a 2012 hit-and-run case involving a Los Angeles County sheriff’s patrol car; she was arrested for DUI and pled no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving in February. Bynes was sentenced to three years of probation.

In May 2013, Bynes was charged with criminal possession of marijuana and reckless endangerment after accusations that she threw a bong out a window of her 36th floor Manhattan apartment. A judge dismissed the case in June 2014 and Bynes agreed to seek counseling.

On July 22, 2013, Ventura County sheriff’s deputies apprehended Bynes after she allegedly started a small fire in a stranger’s driveway in Thousand Oaks, California. Bynes entered a psychiatric care facility shortly after until December of 2013 when she was released to the custody of her parents.

She has recently been attending the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

Bynes is best known for her roles on late 90s Nickelodeon shows “All That” and “The Amanda Show.” She starred in The WB sitcome “What I Like About You” in the mid-00s.

She also starred in feature films including “What a Girl Wants” and “She’s the Man.” After her 2010 role in “Easy A,” Bynes announced she was retiring from acting.

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