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Court Case For Soap Opera Actress Jensen Buchanan Continued to Oct. 14

Jensen Buchanan
Jensen Buchanan

A Santa Barbara County Superior Court arraignment hearing for a soap opera actress accused of driving while drunk and causing an injury accident on Highway 154 has been continued to Oct. 14.

Jensen Buchanan, 54, was not in the Santa Maria courtroom for Friday morning’s brief hearing before visiting Judge Barry Hammer.

Defense attorney Meryl Chambers asked for the continued arraignment hearing on behalf of her client

Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Dix told the judge she did not object to the request, adding that she believes the next hearing will involve either a disposition of the case or the defendant entering a not-guilty plea.

She also requested the judge order Buchanan to attend the next hearing, which Hammer did. 

With a blood-alcohol level allegedly more than four times the legal limit, Buchanan faces several charges, including felony driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and felony driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or greater. 

She also is charged with causing great bodily injury to Bradley Asolas, 56, of Camarillo, and an allegation her blood-alcohol level exceeded .15 percent.

Court documents allege Buchanan was driving with a blood-alcohol level of .34 when the crash occurred about 6:20 a.m. May 18 on Highway 154.

Buchanan was driving a Mercedes S550 east on Highway 154 when her vehicle drifted across the double yellow line directly into the path of a westbound Ford C-Max near the Live Oak Camp entrance, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

Firefighters had to extricate Asolas, the driver of the other vehicle, from his wrecked Ford after he received critical injuries in the head-on collision, the CHP said.

At the request of the prosecution, the defense attorney agreed to stipulate to the release of Buchanan’s medical records.

Buchanan appeared on numerous soap operas in nearly three decades, including most recently on The Young and the Restless in 2015, and previously on One Life to Live and Another World. 

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