Amanda Bynes DUI Arrest Transferred to Mental Health Court

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Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 07:38 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes, confined to a psychiatric facility, is mentally unfit to stand trial for a 2012 DUI arrest, her lawyer told a judge, so now the case will be heard in mental health court.

Bynes, 27, was arrested last April on suspicion of DUI after allegedly sideswiping a sheriff's cruiser at 3 a.m. A judge transferred her case to the mental health division where another competency hearing will be scheduled, according to reports from TMZ.

It's not clear if Bynes has been officially diagnosed with a specific mental illness, but her doctors have reportedly said she is "gravely disabled as a result of a mental disorder," Us Magazine reported.

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The DUI is just one of the traffic-related mishaps that have contributed to the downfall of the starlet. Bynes also was picked up on a couple of charges of driving on a suspended license in Los Angeles last year before she moved to New York for a fresh start.

But her downward spiral continued as her behavior grew more and more bizarre. She's made headlines for everything from locking herself in dressing rooms for hours and shaving her head to posting semi-nude photos of herself on Twitter and hurling her favorite insult, "ugly," at anyone and everyone, including President Barack Obama.

Most recently, she was carted away by police after setting a small fire in a Los Angeles-area driveway near her parents' home and placed on a 72-hour involuntary psychiatric hold. The 5150 was extended to two weeks, then 30 days, and could now reportedly be in effect for up to a year, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In the meantime, Bynes' mother Lynn has control of the actress' health matters and finances after a judge granted her a temporary conservatorship in August.

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