Amanda Bynes' DUI case moves to mental health court
Amanda Bynes' drunk driving case will be handled by a mental health court, a judge has ruled, two months after the former Nickelodeon star and "Hairspray" actress was hospitalized on a 5150 psychiatric hold.
An attorney for the 27-year-old actress told a Los Angeles court on Tuesday that Bynes is unable to stand trial due to doubts about her mental competence, according to the Reuters news wire. Her mother was granted a temporary conservatorship over her in August, after she was taken to a hospital mental ward after allegedly starting a fire in a neighbor's driveway
Bynes was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in the Los Angeles area in April 2012 and pleaded not guilty. She was accused of hitting a police squad car with her vehicle and for refusing to take a breath test. Reuters reported that her next court date is on Jan. 7, 2014. (Check out more details and her mug shot.)
Bynes made headlines over the past few months for a string of more erratic behavior -- she was arrested for marijuana possession and for allegedly throwing a bong out of her apartment window in New York -- which she denied -- and often tweeted insults against other celebrities, calling them "ugly."
(Pictured above: Amanda Bynes appears before a New York judge on Friday, May 24, 2013. She was arrested in Manhattan. Police said the actress threw a bong out of a window.)