Amanda Bynes given three-year drink-driving probation

25/02/14

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes has been sentenced to three years probation and ordered to attend a three month long alcohol education course.

It's after the actress pleaded no contest to a charge of reckless driving with an alcohol component.

The case dates back to an accident in 2012 when she hit a police car in LA.

Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison confirmed the plea was entered on behalf of the 27-year-old by her lawyer.

Bynes, who starred in her own Nickelodeon sketch comedy TV series The Amanda Show at the age of 13, as well as films including Easy A and She's the Man, was sentenced by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edward Moreton.

Amanda Bynes

She was arrested in the early hours of 6 April 2012, in West Hollywood, after her BMW hit the side of a police patrol car.

She was charged with DUI [driving under the influence] when she refused to take a sobriety test.

Last year the actress was put into psychiatric care after starting a small fire in the drive of a home in California - her mother was then put in charge of the star's financial and legal affairs.

Bynes also appeared in a New York court in 2013 on allegations that she chucked a marijuana bong out the window of her 36th-floor Manhattan apartment.

She is currently on probation for driving on a suspended license.

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