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:
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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