‘Star Wars Episode I’ Actor Jake Lloyd Arrested After Car Chase With Police

By June 23, 2015

Former child actor Jake Lloyd, most famous for playing the young Anakin Skywalker in 1999’s Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, has run into some trouble with the law.

According to TMZ, Lloyd was driving erratically at speeds of up to 117 miles per hour while swerving in and out of traffic on a South Carolina highway. Up to four units were involved in the chase, trying to catch up to Lloyd’s Nissan. The chase ended rather abruptly when Lloyd took a hard right turn, which caused him to go off the road and crash into a tree. He was promptly arrested, and according to the Charleston, South Carolina newspaper Post and Courier, was charged with reckless driving, driving without a license, and resisting arrest.

See footage of the chase below, captured from the dash cam of a pursuing police cruiser:

As a child actor, Lloyd came to early prominence starring opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1996’s Jingle All the Way, where Schwarzenegger played Lloyd’s father, and documented his attempts to seek out a highly sought-after toy for his son for Christmas. In 1997, Lloyd was cast as young Anakin Skywalker by writer/director George Lucas for the first of three Star Wars prequel films. Released in 1999, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was a massive box office success, but in years since is regarded by many fans and observers to be the worst entry in the entire Star Wars saga thus far.
Lloyd cited his 2001 retirement from acting as being affected by his treatment after the release of Episode I, saying he was bullied and continually stressed by the press attention he would receive. He even stated in a 2012 interview with the UK’s Daily Mail that his involvement with Episode I “ruined his childhood” as well as his acting career, and that he would grow to deeply resent Star Wars in the years since. Still, though, Lloyd would appear at occasional sci-fi and comic book conventions to meet fans.
We at GeekNation wish Lloyd the best for the future, and hope he recovers from whatever could have caused this incident to take place.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • CurseofZodLovesMaude

    but in years since is regarded by many fans and observers to be the worst entry in the entire Star Wars saga thus far.

    Bull- not for all and whats the point of editorializing? This is not reporting, this is agenda-izing…

    • JDMOSfan

      might have something to do with the reasons why he was bullied and hates star wars, maybe he wouldnt feel that way if people didnt hate the movie?

    • Chris Clow

      Just for the record, I actually like The Phantom Menace. The truth is, though, that I’m in the minority. Not pushing an agenda, just stating the general consensus as I understand it based on a lot of discussions with other fans and observers on multiple mediums over the past 16 years.