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Actress Amanda Bynes detained for mental health evaluation

By Alan Duke, CNN
updated 1:00 PM EDT, Wed July 24, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: The incident began with a call about a gas can burning in driveway, official says
  • Actress "involved in a disturbance in a residential neighborhood," official says
  • Amanda Bynes has had her share of legal problems lately

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Law officers in California detained troubled actress Amanda Bynes for a mental health evaluation Monday night, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

The 27-year-old actress was "involved in a disturbance in a residential neighborhood" in Thousand Oaks, a city about 40 miles west of Los Angeles, Sheriff's Capt. Don Aguilar said.

The incident began with an emergency call to the fire department that a gas can was burning in a residential driveway at about 8:30 p.m., Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Scott Dettorre said.

Bynes has had her share of legal problems lately. She faces three misdemeanor charges relating to an incident involving a bong allegedly tossed from her Manhattan apartment in May.

Amanda Bynes has been famous since landing a role on Nickelodeon's sketch comedy show "All That" at age 10. But in recent years she's been better known for legal trouble and tweeting strange statements and photos, leading to speculation about her mental health. In October 2014, that speculation continued as disturbing tweets were posted to Bynes' account containing allegations of abuse. Here's a quick timeline of Bynes' life and career: Amanda Bynes has been famous since landing a role on Nickelodeon's sketch comedy show "All That" at age 10. But in recent years she's been better known for legal trouble and tweeting strange statements and photos, leading to speculation about her mental health. In October 2014, that speculation continued as disturbing tweets were posted to Bynes' account containing allegations of abuse. Here's a quick timeline of Bynes' life and career:
The evolution of Amanda Bynes
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She also has a driving under the influence case pending in Southern California, while a pair of separate hit-and-run charges against her were dismissed last year. She was sentenced to three years' probation for driving on a suspended license in May.

A young teenager when she burst on the scene as the lead in Nickelodeon's "The Amanda Show," Bynes also starred alongside Jennie Garth in the sitcom "What I Like About You." She later scored roles in movies, including "Hairspray" and "Easy A."

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CNN's Carolyn Sung contributed to this report.

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