Jake Lloyd, a former child star best know for his role as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, was arrested over the weekend after channeling his character's love of podracing and leading police on an intense high-speed chase through South Carolina.
Lloyd, who is now 26-years-old, faces charges of reckless driving, driving without a license, failing to stop for a blue light and resisting arrest. He is due in court in July.
Speaking to E! News, a police spokesperson stated that the chase took place on Wednesday after the Colleton County Sheriff's Office received a call from the Charleston County office regarding an erratic and speeding vehicle entering their county. The spokesperson said:
"The car was speeding and passed over double yellow lines. We were able to find the car that matched the description and the chase ensued."
Apparently Lloyd was traveling "well over 100 miles per hour," and failed to pull over after the police car initiated blue lights. The chase then continued as Lloyd led officers through a wooded area before wrecking his car after crashing through a small fence and a number of trees. He was finally apprehended after leading the police on the chase for about 20 minutes.
Lloyd was detained and listed in court records under the name Jake Broadbent, and, despite the chaos of the chase, officers said that the 26-year-old "was quiet and didn't say a lot." The former actor sustained a small cut in the crash, and was treated by emergency workers before he was formerly arrested. Lloyd's bail was set at more than $10,000, a price that even Qui-Gon Jinn wouldn't be willing to wager for the young Jedi's freedom.
Jake Lloyd will also be familiar to readers for his roles in films such as Jingle All the Way, Unhook the Stars and TV show The Pretender. However, in a 2012 interview with NBC News Lloyd talked about the hardships of being a child actor, and how bullying from peers prompted him to give up acting for good in the mid-2000s, stating "I've learned to hate it when the cameras are pointed at me."
Source: TMZ, E! Online