Disney Channel star Debby Ryan is arrested and charged with DUI after crashing Audi

Actress Debby Ryan, 22, at Nickelodeon's 2016 Kids' Choice Awards in Inglewood.

Actress Debby Ryan, 22, at Nickelodeon’s 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards in Inglewood.

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Debby Ryan, the actress who stars in the Disney Channel series “Jessie,” was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after crashing her Audi in Los Angeles, authorities said Wednesday.

Ryan, 22, was driving her white 2016 Audi near 3rd Street and La Brea Avenue just after 7 p.m. on April 5 when she crashed into a black 2015 Mercedes, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said.

Police conducted field sobriety tests and determined she was under the influence, Lopez said. Ryan’s blood alcohol level was 0.11%, just over the 0.08% legal limit, according to TMZ, which first reported the actress’ arrest.


A person in the Mercedes reported being injured, and Ryan was arrested and booked on suspicion of a DUI causing bodily injury, a felony, police said.

At the time of her arrest, Ryan listed her occupation as “laborer,” according to arrest records reviewed by The Times.

Ryan has starred in the lead role in the Disney Channel series “Jessie” since 2011, playing Jessie Prescott, a nanny to a high-profile couple’s four adopted children. Earlier, the Alabama native starred in all three seasons of “The Suite Life on Deck,” which ended its run in 2011.

She was released from jail shortly before 10 a.m. on April 6 after posting $100,000 bail, Lopez said.

Prosecutors have not pursued the felony charge. The L.A. city attorney’s office filed two misdemeanor charges: driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher, according to a spokesman for the office. She’s scheduled to appear in court May 2 for her arraignment.

On Wednesday, shortly after news of her arrest broke, Ryan released a statement on Twitter, apologizing for disappointing her fans.


“Over the last few days I have had the chance to think about my actions, and I wish I had used better judgment,” she said in the statement. “I recognize that I am a role model and have always worked hard to set a good example for my millions of fans.”

Ryan’s publicist did not return a message seeking comment.

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