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Amanda Bynes placed on psychiatric hold

Troubled actress Amanda Bynes has been placed on an emergency psychiatric hold following an incident in Thousand Oaks, California on Monday (22Jul13).

Police were called to a neighborhood in the city after the Easy A star allegedly tried to start a fire in a resident's driveway, where she was accused of trespassing.


She was questioned about the small blaze and local cops decided to take her into custody for an involuntary mental evaluation, also known as a 5150 hold, reports TMZ.com.


Captain Don Aguilar of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department tells the New York Daily News, "Deputies investigated the incident and determined that (Bynes) met the criteria of 5150 (California Welfare & Institutions Code). She was detained and taken for a mental health evaluation."


The 5150 order, which allows authorities to keep a patient under surveillance for up to 72 hours, is the same hold Britney Spears was placed under after her infamous meltdown in 2008.


Byne's latest detainment occurs just a day after police cautioned her for allegedly appearing intoxicated outside an old people's home in Thousand Oaks on Sunday (21Jul13).


The two incidents are the latest in a string of woes for the actress - she is facing a charge of driving under the influence after allegedly crashing her car into a police vehicle last year (12), and a further accusation of driving on a suspended license several months later. She is also accused of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and possessing marijuana after reportedly throwing a bong out of her apartment window during a police raid in May (13).