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‘Empire’ actress Amanda Detmer crashed into pole while driving drunk, police say

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Amanda Detmer, shown in 2013, was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk and leaving the scene of a collision.
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“Empire” actress Amanda Detmer was arrested after police said she crashed into a pole over the weekend while driving drunk in Chico.

The Chico Police Department responded to a vehicle crash about 5:13 p.m. Sunday near East 8th and Flume streets, but when they arrived, the driver had fled.

Officers searched the area and found a woman, later identified as Detmer, driving nearby in a vehicle with significant damage to its front end. Authorities stopped the woman and determined she was responsible for the crash and was driving drunk.

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Amanda Detmer was arrested Sunday night in Chico.
(Chico Police Department)

Detmer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a traffic collision, according to Chico police. She was released the same night with a citation, according to inmate records.

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Detmer plays the character Tracy in Fox’s television show “Empire” alongside costars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard.


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