Amanda Bynes Is In The Clear Over Impromptu Bonfire
Amanda Bynes was taken into custody following her impromptu Thousand Oaks, California driveway bonfire, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to face any actual charges related to the fiasco. In fact, the district attorney’s office has reportedly already decided the actress needs to be treated as a sick woman dealing with a mental illness and not a criminal with ill intentions.
According to TMZ, officers were able to recognize very quickly that something seemed wrong with Bynes mentally when they first got to the scene. Consequently, they immediately switched into help mode rather than apprehend mode. That’s why the Hairspray star was transported to the hospital for a 5150 psychiatric hold, and that’s why she was never booked or forced to take a mugshot. Clearly, the DA’s office agreed with that initial assessment too, which is why no trespassing or vandalism charges are being considered at this time.
The bizarre incident at hand happened earlier this week in a normally sleepy subdivision not far from where Bynes’ parents live. A little before 9 PM, residents noticed a woman in a wig starting a fire in an elderly woman’s driveway. That mystery lady turned out to be Bynes, though she quickly left after spilling gasoline on her dog. She reportedly carried the animal to a local liquor store and cleaned him off in the employee’s only area before returning to discover police and a slew of concerned neighbors.
Right now, Bynes is still being held on her initial 5150 psychiatric hold, but the seventy-two hour window is rapidly coming to a close. Her parents are reportedly looking at trying to place her under a conservatorship a la Britney Spears in order to let her focus on getting better, but considering she reportedly doesn’t have the best relationship with them, it’s unclear whether they’ll actually be able to accomplish that goal.
Besides, Bynes might not be facing charges for this bonfire, but she still has both a DUI and a destruction of property case pending, which means she could wind up in jail regardless. Given how overtly she seems to be suffering from mental problems, one would hope prosecutors would elect to give her treatment rather than hard time, but you never know how these things are going to play out until they actually happen.
Pop Blend’s sincerest thoughts go out to Bynes during this troubling time of need. From the police officers to the DA’s office, everyone involved in this incident seems to have her best interests at heart, but there’s no way to know exactly what the best approach is when dealing with a mental disease. Maybe she needs therapy. Maybe she needs medication. Maybe she needs to be committed. Regardless, here’s to hoping the solution is found sooner rather than later so she can get back on a stable and fulfilling path.