More deets about Star Wars actor's high speed police chase

2015-06-24 20:00
 

Walterboro — A former child actor who starred in one of the Star Wars movie sequels hit speeds of about 120 miles an hour (193 kph) while trying to flee police officers, according to details of Jake Broadbent's arrest released Tuesday.

Broadbent performed under the name Jake Lloyd when he played a young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 movie Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. In the movie, Anakin wins a death-defying, high-speed race between anti-gravity podracer vehicles.

(A young Jake Lloyd also known as Jake Broadbent. AP)

Broadbent, 26, remained in jail Tuesday after his arrest on charges including reckless driving and resisting arrest.

A jail official said he had no information on whether Broadbent had a defense attorney. His bond was set at $16 700.

Broadbent first attracted attention driving through towns and back roads at 70 miles an hour, but he accelerated to about 120 mph as officers were signaling him to stop, an arrest report described.

"The frontage road came to a dead end and the driver continued driving into the woods striking several trees causing extensive damage and finally stopped. The driver exited the vehicle on foot but after a brief struggle with law enforcement, he was apprehended approximately 20 feet from his vehicle," the arrest report said.

(Star Wars actor Jake Lloyd, who was booked as Jake Broadbent. AP)

Broadbent suffered small cuts to his face, head and arms after hitting the trees, according to the report.

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