Soap Opera Celebrity May See Jail Time

Television, movie, and other celebrities might seem to get special treatment when it comes to allegations of DUI. While that may sometimes be the case, one former soap opera celebrity is looking at a year in jail as a possible sentence. The Santa Maria Times reports on the on-going saga of Jensen Buchanan’s DUI case.

At the time of the May 18, 2016 crash that severely injured a Camarillo, California man, former Young and the Restless actress Jensen Buchanan had a blood-alcohol content of .34. This is over four times the legal limit of .08.

After several legal negotiations, Buchanan pleaded guilty this past Friday to driving under the influence and crashing into and seriously injuring another driver during an accident on Highway 154. She faces up to a year in jail and five years of probation.

The victim of the car crash and his wife were not happy with the results of the outcome of the hearing on Friday.

However, the judge did warn that the sentence was conditional and may change after the court hears about the victim, Bradley Asolas’s injuries during another hearing set for October 6th.

Buchanan allegedly drove on the wrong side of the highway, hitting Asolas head-on. Asolas is expected to share the severity of his injuries and how they have changed his life during the October hearing. At this point, the court may make a different sentencing recommendation, at which point Buchanan can withdraw her guilty plea.

In the accident, Asolas suffered from a shattered femur, pelvis, humerus, two broken ribs, lacerations to his liver, spleen, and pancreas. These were just a few of his injuries. Parts of his spinal column were broken and half of his heart muscle died.

Buchanan is a veteran soap star, having played roles on soap operas such as One Life To Live, Another World, and the Young and the Restless.

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