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Reuters, Published September 26 2013

Judge moves actress Amanda Bynes’ DUI case to mental health court

LOS ANGELES – The drunken-driving case against troubled actress and former teen star Amanda Bynes, 27, has been moved to the mental health court at the request of her attorney, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday.

Attorney Richard Hutton argued that the former Nickelodeon star was unable to stand trial in the case due to doubts about her mental competence.

Bynes has been under court-ordered psychiatric care after she allegedly started a small fire in front of a home in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks in July.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edward Moreton referred the case to the court’s mental health division, where a judge will decide if Bynes is fit for trial.

Her drunken-driving case stems from an April 2012 incident in which she was charged with driving under the influence in West Hollywood. Police said Bynes struck a sheriff’s patrol car and refused to take a sobriety test.