Bail was denied again Monday for veteran soap star Jensen Buchanan pending her DUI probation violation hearing, set for Jan. 31 at the Santa Maria Superior Court.
Buchanan's case is back in the court system following allegations that she violated her terms of probation after her ankle monitor detected a blood alcohol level of 0.18 between Dec. 29 and Jan. 11. She was arrested by Oxnard police and booked into Ventura County Jail on Jan. 12.
Buchanan was sentenced by Judge James Voysey to one year in County Jail and five years probation in October after pleading guilty to a DUI crash on Highway 154 that almost killed an Arizona man. It is alleged that Buchanan's BAC level was 0.34.
Buchanan was released Nov. 28, after serving just under two months of custody time due to overcrowding.
Last week, Judge Patricia Kelly denied bail for Buchanan, despite her attorney arguing that Buchanan had been compliant and consistent with meetings with sheriff's officials, even after evacuating as a result of the Thomas fire and subsequent Montecito mudslide.
Throughout Buchanan's proceedings last year, the prosecution and defense battled over whether or not the defendant deserved probation or prison time.
Even up to the day of her sentencing, Deputy District Attorney Jon Kawashima reminded Judge James Voysey that "this is a quintessential case where we see what happens where someone makes a terrible decision to get behind the wheel after having a large amount of alcohol," and urged to send Buchanan to prison.
"It wasn't just [Bradley Asolas] who was hit head-on; there were two other drivers who also had to act quickly to get out of the way of Ms. Buchanan who drove on the wrong side of the road for about half a mile," the prosecutor said at the Oct. 6 sentencing. "Everyone was at risk that morning and, unfortunately, it was Mr. Asolas who had to bear the brunt of Ms. Buchanan's actions."
After hearing all counsel's arguments, Voysey sentenced Buchanan to jail and probation, although he admitted he was impacted by Asolas' testimony recounting his life since the crash.
Voysey also reminded Buchanan that he wouldn't hesitate to impose her prison sentence if Buchanan violated probation.
Buchanan herself pledged to stay clean, apologized to the Asolas family and said, "It is my deepest commitment to you, to myself and to my family to never touch alcohol again."