Star Wars Star Jake Lloyd Takes Charleston Police on Wild Car Chase
Where's a pod racer when you need one?
South Carolina police have arrested former child star Jake Lloyd, who is best known for portraying a young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, but who should be best known for portraying 9-year-old Turbo-Man enthusiast Jamie Langston in the Blockbuster Entertainment Award-winning film Jingle All the Way.
ABC7 Los Angeles is reporting that on Wednesday afternoon, the 26-year-old Lloyd led police on a high speed chase that began in Charleston County, South Carolina, and then stretched over into the neighboring Colleton County.
Lloyd was pursued by police for over 25 miles, at times at speeds in excess of 100 mph, before he drove off of Interstate 95, through a fence, onto a parallel dead-end frontage road, and into some trees, which finally brought him to a halt.
Although he gave police the clever nom de plume “Jake Broadbent,” they were able to confirm through a former talent agent that the suspect was, indeed, that kid from Jingle All the Way.
Jake was charged with failure to stop for officers and reckless driving, and as of Sunday, has not posted bond and remains in jail.
No word on why, exactly, Lloyd was in such a hurry; which only leaves us to assume that he was frantically trying to locate a highly sought-after action figure. Since he was apprehended in South Carolina–over 1,000 miles away from the Mall of America–it appears that he failed in his task.