Amanda Bynes was arrested in Los Angeles Sunday after cops determined she was driving under the influence … and our law enforcement sources say she was on a STIMULANT … but we’re told she has also developed a serious weed problem … again.
Here’s what we know — Bynes was driving a Mercedes in the San Fernando Valley when she stopped in the middle of an intersection on Van Nuys Blvd.
A CHP officer spotted her and determined she was under the influence. She was taken to the LAPD Van Nuys division where a drug recognition officer determined she was under the influence of a stimulant. Toxicology tests are being performed now to determine the exact drug or drugs.
According to the incident report … Amanda had a “disheveled” appearance.
Amanda was then booked for DUI. She posted $15,000 bail.
Amanda has had trouble with mental problems for years now. Her parents had a conservatorship which ended earlier this month and as one source says, “Things started going haywire.”
We’re told Amanda has moved out of her parents home and is now living in an Orange County apartment. We’re told she has been smoking weed for weeks and things are bad again.
The arrest triggers a legal problem. Amanda is on probation for a reckless driving conviction last February.
Sad news for Amanda Bynes.
The 28-year-old actress was arrested on Sunday morning at 3 a.m. for DUI, the California Highway Patrol confirms to E! News. She has been charged with a misdemeanor after police “determined she was under the influence of a controlled substance” while driving. The former Nickelodeon star was held at the Van Nuys, Calif., station on $15,000 bail before she was released at 12:44 p.m. that same day.
According to officials, Bynes was traveling westbound on Riverside Drive in Sherman Oaks as she approached the intersection at a red light on Van Nuys Boulevard. She stopped for the red light, but she stopped in the middle of the intersection, at which point the actress was pulled over and “given a series of field sobriety tests, which she was unable to complete.”
Bynes was then transported to the CPH West Valley Office where she was given a drug evaluation test that, according to officials, determined she was under the influence of a controlled substance (the substance is unknown).
Amanda Bynes’ rap sheet just got a little shorter … a judge has DISMISSED all charges in connection with her NYC pot bust — so it’s like it never happened.
It’s exactly what we said would happen … if Amanda kept her nose clean for 6 months — and she has — she would have the slate wiped clean in her criminal case.
You may remember … Bynes allegedly tossed a bong out of the window of her NYC apartment … when cops responded to complaints from neighbors that she was smoking weed and acting erratically.
She was charged with marijuana possession, evidence tampering and reckless endangerment.
Amanda went to court last January and was told if she stayed out of trouble … the case would go away and that’s exactly what happened in court today.
Bynes’ lawyer tells TMZ … Amanda has satisfied all the conditions — meaning, she’s stayed out of trouble. We’re told the judge praised her recent behavior and then formally dismissed the charges and sealed the case.
Long before Amanda Bynes was forcibly hospitalized last July for erratic behavior, rumors ran wild about what ailed the former child star.
“There has been much speculation about Amanda’s medical condition,” her attorney Tamar Arminak tells PEOPLE exclusively. “She asked me to dispel certain rumors. For the record, Amanda does not have schizophrenia, nor has she ever been diagnosed with it.”
The actress, 28, who Tweeted pics of herself on April 5 looking happy and healthy while sunning in a bikini on vacation with her parents in Los Cabos, Mexico, was widely reported to be suffering from the disease and bipolar disorder.
A Bynes family source adds that the actress is making strides in treatment. “She continues to undergo outpatient therapy several times a week,” the source says. “She’s still working through the causes of her past bizarre behavior.”
“Amanda currently is on zero medication,” Arminak reveals. “She’s devoted to living her life as healthy as possible. She’s never had a history of abusing alcohol or hard drugs, and she’s proud to say she’s been marijuana-free for the past nine months.”
After enrolling as a student at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Orange County, Calif., “Amanda is very happy studying fashion and she hopes to one day design her own line,” Arminak says.
Bynes will remain under her mother’s legal control until at least September and currently lives with her parents, Lynn and Rick Bynes, in L.A.
“Her family is closely involved with her day-to-day life but they try to give her as much autonomy as possible,” explains Arminak. “She’s doing extremely well. Her primary focus is bonding with her family and being a student.”
Adds Bynes’s mother Lynn: “We’re so proud of how far Amanda has come.”
After a rough 2013 that ended in a months-long stay in various psychiatric treatment centers, Amanda Bynes is working on a fresh start.
After about three months of classes at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Bynes, 26, “is doing extremely well,” her mother, Lynn, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “She’s making new friends and learning about the fashion industry.”
On March 21, Bynes, her mother and her father, Rick, attended a FIDM runway show event that showcases the work of upperclassmen.
“She acts like any other student – focused and friendly,” says a school source.
Estranged from her parents last year, the star is now often spotted spending time with her family.
Bynes will remain legally under her mother’s care until at least September. “She’s very happy to reestablish the loving relationship with her family she once shared,” her mother’s attorney Tamar Arminak told PEOPLE in December when Bynes was released.
We’ve seen desperate attempts to break into Hollywood before, but this is legendary — an L.A. homeless woman has filed a lawsuit against Halle Berry, Amanda Bynes, Armie Hammer, and Disney … for the express purpose of pitching them a TV show.
Jo Anne Vandegriff — who describes herself as homeless — freely admits the suit is a ploy to get everyone in a room so she can sell her 2,000-page original Civil War romance mini-series, “Heaven’s Angels.”
Vandegriff describes her script as “an extraordinary work in its length, complexity, and scope, though not yet a masterpiece work.”
Vandegriff is targeting Disney because she wants to open up the studio — which she claims produces lily-white content — to Black and Hispanic females.
She doesn’t apologize for using the legal system to make a buck, because, as she says in the lawsuit, “a mini-series of this nature only comes along once every twenty to thirty years.”
So why sue Halle? Vandegriff wants her in the leading role. As for Amanda … it would be a great comeback for her. And Armie … he could finally be a leading man (and rid himself of the “Lone Ranger” stink — that’s our take).
And Vandegriff promises her script will help stimulate the economy … and promote “peace and harmony, health and happiness.”
Hollyweird at its finest.
Amanda Bynes has turned it around in a big way … and one of the markers is that she is now remorseful about things she did and said when she was at her worst — particularly her comment about Drake, “I want Drake to murder my vagina.”
Sources directly connected with Amanda tell TMZ … she is in the territory of being her old self again. They say the fact that the Drake comment “horrifies her” shows she again has a sense of the difference between right and wrong.
But there’s more. We’re told Amanda has stopped smoking weed, she’s in the process of removing a number of inappropriate tattoos, and she’s kind to people with whom she interacts.
Most impressive … Amanda is now at FIDM — the Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising in Orange County — and she’s become so self-confident she makes presentations to her entire class and freely interacts with her classmates.
TMZ broke the story … Amanda was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolarity. It’s apparent the meds and the therapy are working.