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We're just going to say it: Driving is not Amanda Bynes' forte.
On Friday afternoon, the 26-year-old Hairspray actress was driving her black Range Rover in Los Angeles when she allegedly sideswiped a pickup truck and then kept right on truckin' -- prompting the driver of the other vehicle to call 911.
"At 4:25 p.m., we were notified of a possible hit-and-run," LAPD Sgt. Ben Zucker told People. "The caller followed Miss Bynes for a short distance to a gas station."
And that's when things got really interesting. An LAPD helicopter that was already in the area flew overhead and six cop cars converged on Bynes. (Hey, we agree that Amanda's not the best driver, but half a dozen police cruisers seems a bit drastic, don't you think?)
Fortunately for Bynes, the police also decided that the situation had been blown a bit out of proportion. "It turned out the damage to the pickup truck [paint rub to the right front fender] was so minor that it was very plausible she had no idea that she hit anyone," Sgt. Zucker said. "Because of that, we decided not to charge her with hit-and-run, took a traffic report instead and sent her on her way. There were no arrests made and no one was injured."
Bynes, who gave no indication of being under the influence at the time, exchanged insurance information with the other driver, and that was that.
Still, Bynes' recent spate of driving misadventures has raised some eyebrows. On April 6, she was arrested for suspicion of DUI after rear-ending a stopped police car; a week later, she was photographed texting while driving, a move that allegedly caused her to back over a curb and onto a sidewalk; and on April 16, she reportedly held up traffic by making an "incredibly slow" three-point turn in the middle of a busy Los Angeles intersection.
Sounds like it might be time for someone to consider taking the bus.