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Soap star arrested for driving under the influence causing injury

Celebrities are human, a fact proved once again when a soap opera star allegedly caused a California crash while she was intoxicated. A man was hospitalized, and Jensen Buchanan was locked up on a DUI charge in a county jail on a recent Wednesday afternoon. The 53-year-old actress, whose role in "The Young and the Restless" is that of a judge, wrecked her black 2016 Mercedes S550 when she allegedly veered into the lanes of oncoming traffic while driving under the influence.

A report by the California Highway Patrol indicates that Buchanan was eastbound on State Route 154 when she traveled across the double yellow lines into the path of a westbound car. The collision that followed reportedly caused serious injuries to the 56-year-old driver of the other car. The actress suffered minor injuries, and both drivers were rushed to the hospital, where the accused woman was treated and released.

CHP claimed that Buchanan's blood alcohol content was above the legal limit of .08 percent. Her bail was set at $100,000. The charges that she will be facing include driving while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs causing serious bodily injury to another person. It was reported that the accused soap star had not paid the bail by the following afternoon, and she remained locked up.

California drivers arrested for driving under the influence will likely recognize the severity of such charges and the need for an experienced legal representative. Fortunately, some attorneys focus on defending those facing DUI charges. A lawyer will assess the circumstances of the accident and scrutinize the charges. Only if -- and when -- the prosecution can prove guilt of the accused person beyond a reasonable doubt can a conviction be obtained.

Source: New York Daily News, "Soap star Jensen Buchanan held on $100,000 bail after DUI crash in California", Keri Blakinger, May 19, 2016

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