Amanda Bynes Put on 72-Hour Mental Lockdown by Police
Amanda Bynes has been placed on lockdown for a mental evaluation after she started a fire outside a residence in her hometown of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Monday night, Celebuzz has confirmed.
Sheriffs and the fire department responded to the home at 8:46 p.m. July 22, as first reported by TMZ.
According to Thousand Oaks Sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Buschow, police received a 911 call after drivers spotted the flames. Police insist it was not an attempt to start a residence fire, but authorities determined the actress met criteria to be place under a 5150 involuntary psychiatric hold. Under California law, Bynes must have met one out of three standards — making statements or displaying behavior as a danger to herself or others or acting gravely disabled.
Her mental health evaluation is in place for up for 72 hours.
The lockdown on the heels of police confronting Bynes outside a local retirement community in Thousand Oaks, after she allegedly tried to trespass on the grounds on Sunday, according to TMZ. After security turned her away, accusing her of being being drunk, Bynes left in a taxi. But the driver kicked her out after she reportedly said, “Get me the f**k out of here … I don’t have any money.” Bynes then walked back to the retirement community, police were called to the scene, but she was not arrested.
Bynes, 27, is still facing several legal woes. She faces charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and possession of marijuana following her May arrest, when she reportedly tossed a bong from her Manhattan apartment. After a court date earlier this month, the former Nickelodeon star has another hearing set for Sept. 26.
The actress also has a DUI case pending in California, was sentenced to three years’ probation in May for driving with a suspended license in May, and had two separate hit-and-run charges against her dismissed in late 2012.