Daytime star Jensen Buchanan is set to leave showbiz in the wake of her arrest on DUI charges last May.
A Change in Course
Facing possible jail time for a DUI, soap vet Buchanan (OLTL, AW, ATWT, Y&R, GH) is set to quit her soap career to become an alcohol & drug counselor.
In May 2016, Buchanan crossed a double-yellow line on a California highway, colliding with another car. She and the other driver were taken to the hospital. While she suffered “minor injuries,” the driver she hit received “major injuries,” according to Noozhawk.
“She 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 [California], and an allegation her blood-alcohol level exceeded .15 percent,” reported Noozhawk.
Two Sides at Odds
At a hearing Wednesday to have her case continued until April 5th, lawyers for both sides made strong statements about their beliefs about what her sentence should be.
“It is the people’s position this is a case where the defendant deserves to go to prison based on the egregious facts of the case…and the ultimate consequences for the victim,” Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Dix said.
One of Buchanan’s attorneys, meanwhile, argued passionately in her favor.
Dmitry Gorin said that Buchanan has no criminal history and that she had completed inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation treatment. She had also been a model patient in those programs, Gorin added.
“She’s done an exemplary job in treatment. This type of incident will never happen again,” Gorin said. “This is the type of person that’s deserving of a probation sentence.”
An Impressive Daytime Resume
Buchanan most memorably played kind and caring Sarah Gordon on One Life to Live, and twins Vicky and Marly on Another World. She also had roles on Another World, As the World Turns, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless.
The actress was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
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