Crime

Soap opera actress pleads guilty to charges stemming from Highway 154 crash

Pleads guilty to felony DUI charges

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A soap opera actress from Los Angeles pleaded guilty to a felony DUI charge in connection to a serious head-on crash near Santa Barbara.

Jensen Buchanan, 55, pleaded guilty to felony DUI charges in Santa Barbara County District Court on Friday, according to District Attorney Joyce Dudley.

Buchanan was found to have a blood alcohol content that was nearly twice the legal limit when she crashed head-on with another vehicle on State Route 154 near Santa Barbara on May 18, 2016.

The crash caused "great bodily harm" to the driver of the other vehicle.

The crash made national headlines due to Buchanan's notoriety as a soap opera actress who had appeared on a number of different day-time shows including Young and the Restless.

There was no plea agreement in this case against Buchanan.

Buchanan will return for sentencing in front of Judge James Voysey on October 6.


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