Former Star Wars child actor arrested after high-speed chase

Jake Lloyd charged with resisting arrest and failing to stop for police car’s flashing light

Jake Lloyd in a booking photo provided by Colleton County Sheriff’s Office in Walterboro, South Carolina, June 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Colleton County Sheriff’s Office/Reuters

Jake Lloyd in a booking photo provided by Colleton County Sheriff’s Office in Walterboro, South Carolina, June 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Colleton County Sheriff’s Office/Reuters

 

A former child actor who most notably played a young Anakin Skywalker in 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, was arrested in South Carolina after leading police on a high-speed chase.

Actor Jake Lloyd, whose real name is Jake Broadbent, was charged last week with resisting arrest and failing to stop for a police car’s blue flashing light, Colleton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Monday.

Broadbent (26), is being held on $10,700 (€9,400) bail at the Colleton County Detention Center, about an hour away from Charleston.

The high-speed chase took place after officers attempted to pull Broadbent over, but instead he speeded up and started passing cars and “driving in a reckless manner ... and endangering the safety of the motoring public”, according to the statement.

The former actor drove his car off the road, through a fence and into a wooded area where he came to a stop after crashing into some small trees, police said.

In addition to The Phantom Menace, Broadbent had starred in 1996’s Jingle All the Way, opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger.

His last role, according to movie database IMDB.com, was in 2005’s Madison.

Reuters