Dad defends Amanda Bynes after arrest
By Tomika Anderson, Special to CNN
(CNN) — Amanda Bynes’ father is coming to her defense following her alleged fender-bender with a cop car last week in Los Angeles.
Police arrested Amanda following the incident on suspicion of driving under the influence, but her father Rick Bynes tells People magazine that the 26-year-old actress hadn’t been drinking.
“She was not drunk,” he says. “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 goes on to say that he believes the police officer who arrested his daughter was the one at fault, claiming the officer was the one who pulled out in front of her as she was turning at the West Hollywood intersection where she received her citation.
The report from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says that the black-and-white cop car was preparing to turn right at about 3 a.m. at the intersection in question “when a black BMW driven by… Bynes attempted to pass to the right … colliding with the right rear quarter panel.”
Instead of intoxication, Rick says his daughter was just “upset and very emotional” in the wake of the stop.
“She is a good girl,” he adds. “She just chooses not to work, and because of that, people go after her.”
Amanda was held at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s station, and later released. She’s expected to appear in court to address the citation of investigation for DUI once a date is set, People magazine reports.