Jake Lloyd, the actor who played Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” as a child star, was arrested last Wednesday after a high-speed chase. Lloyd was driving in Charleston, South Carolina at a high speed when the sheriffs pursued him into another county.
Lloyd was arrested on the charges of reckless driving, driving without a license, failure to stop, and resisting arrest, TMZ reported Sunday. He was reportedly driving at a speed of over 100 miles per hour, but officials said that no field sobriety test was done because the actor did not seem to be under influence.
"On Wednesday afternoon, around 1:30 p.m., we received a call from the Charleston County office...we were told a car had crossed over county lines into our county, Colleton County," a police spokesman told E! News, adding: "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.
"We initiated blue lights and the car continued onward," the spokesman said, according to E! News, adding: "The car drove through the woods and wrecked out after having crashed through a small fence and a number of trees. He was apprehended at that time, about 2 p.m. The chase had been going on for about 20 minutes before his arrest.”
The 26-year-old actor is set to appear in court in July and is currently in prison. His bail was reportedly set at over $10,000.
The spokesman reportedly added that Lloyd had “resisted arrest” and that the officials “had trouble” retrieving information from him.
Lloyd gave his name as Jake Broadbent but when officials ran a check on the birth-date given by him, it matched that of Lloyd’s on IMDB, the Mirror reported.
Lloyd portrayed the young Anakin Skywalker, who grows up to be Darth Vader -- a Jedi who eventually falls to the dark side of the Force -- in the 1999 Star Wars prequel. He also acted in the 1996 movie "Jingle All The Way" and the 2001 flick "Madison."