Last week, retired actress Amanda Bynes was arrested by police here in LA on charges of driving under the influence after she clipped a cop car on her way home from a hotel bar. The following night, just hours after she bailed herself out of jail, Amanda tried to return to the very same hotel bar for another night of partying but was turned away at the door by security. Today we are hearing from her father Rick Bynes regarding his daughter’s arrest. Daddy Bynes is claiming that not only was Amanda not drunk when she was arrested but she “doesn’t drink” at all. Uh huh. Right.
“She was not drunk,” Rick Bynes tells PEOPLE. “I was told that she blew a zero on the Breathalyzer. She didn’t have a single drink that night. My daughter doesn’t drink.” Rick Bynes claims the the cop who arrested Amanda, 26, was at fault for pulling out in front of the actress as she was turning at the West Hollywood intersection where she was cited. Rick adamantly says his daughter was not impaired, explaining that she was arrested because “she was upset and very emotional.” Adding that Amanda was released with no bail, Rick went on to say, “She is a good girl. She just chooses not to work, and because of that, people go after her.” PEOPLE confirmed that Bynes was at L.A.’s Greystone Manor Supperclub Thursday night before she was cited for investigation of DUI. She was held overnight at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s department’s station, and while authorities would not comment on the actress’s specific case, according to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station website, “if the offense is alcohol or drug related, the suspect will stay at the sheriff’s station until he or she can safely care for himself or herself.” Bynes was released with the citation and will have to show up in court when a date is set.
Firstly, this really should come as no surprise. A father coming to a daughter’s defense is exactly what you might expect from a situation like this. Secondly, I do think Daddy Bynes is sorely mistaken about people “going after” his daughter because she “chooses not to work”. Before her arrest, I can’t think of a single person who even uttered the name “Amanda Bynes” for the past couple of years. Thirdly, People claims that Amanda was at the Supperclub on the night she was arrested … and TMZ claims she was at The Standard Hotel. It’s possible that she was partying at both places and decided to get behind the wheel of her car while drunk. It’s also very possible that she was not drunk at all and is just a really bad driver. It remains to be seen how all of this will play out. Without evidence (ie. no damning breathalyzer test), it’s unlikely that Amanda Bynes will be prosecuted. No matter what happens to her legally, I really hope this incident will be a wake-up call … not only for her but for others. Drunk Driving is dangerous, reckless, selfish and potentially deadly. I always hope these high-profile arrests will inspire others to make better choices. Sadly, I fear these incidents usually tend to fall on deaf ears.