Today Amanda Bynes turns 27 years old, and let’s hope it goes better than age 26! Just several days after her birthday last year, Bynes life turned into a rollercoaster ride round the tabloids, a journey fraught with insane traffic offenses, Twitter mayhem and erratic public behavior. It’s gotten to the point where we kind of wonder if it’s a Joaquin Phoenix-like piece of performance art. That’s the only way to truly explain her outrageous antics lately. In honor of turning another year older (and hopefully wiser), let’s take a look back at her crazy year.
10. Crashes Her Car…Into A Cop Cruiser..While Apparently Under The InfluenceOoof! Just a matter of days after her 26th birthday last year, Amanda Bynes was arrested for driving under the influence after she crashed her car into a car. But not just any car. A cop’s car. The former Nickelodeon star was pulled over at 3 AM in West Hollywood after her attempts to pass a cruise ended in collision. She was given a field sobriety test and found “not fit to be behind the wheel.” She was held on $5,000 bail before being released. She had been seen leaving an LA club on St. Patrick’s Day a few weeks earlier looking pretty worse for the wear, and she also drove off when a cop was writing her a ticket a week before that. But this incident seemed to set the tone for the next year, as well as show off her lilac colored hair.
9. Teaches Us Why We Don’t Text And DriveYou’d think that after side-swiping a cop car and earning a DUI, you’d be a tad more careful behind the wheel. Yet about a week later, Bynes was seen running over the sidewalk outside of a club as she was texting.
8. SOS Obama!After being charged with misdemeanor DUI for allegedly side-swiping a cop car and fleeing the scene, and then refusing to take a breathalyzer test, Bynes took it to a higher power by tweeting President Obama for help. “Hey @BarackObama… I don’t drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don’t hit and run. The end,” she wrote. Let’s hope he follows her.