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Star Wars actor in high-speed chase

Published 22/06/2015

Jake Lloyd led police on a high-speed chase
Jake Lloyd led police on a high-speed chase

A former child actor who starred in one of the Star Wars movie sequels faces charges after leading South Carolina police on a high-speed chase.

Colleton County sheriff's deputies arrested a 26-year-old man they confirmed through a former talent agent was Jake Lloyd, who played a young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 movie Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

The man gave his name as Jake Broadbent, Sergeant Kyle Strickland said. His birthdate matched the actors' listed by movie database IMDB.com and a home town of Fort Collins, Colorado, where Lloyd was born.

He was charged with failing to stop for officers and reckless driving after hitting speeds over 100 miles an hour, Sgt Strickland said.

Deputies in coastal Charleston County initially tried to stop the fleeing vehicle , but ended the chase after Lloyd drove into neighbouring Colleton County.

The chase lasted for more than 25 miles before Lloyd drove off Interstate 95, smashed through a fence and continued speeding along a parallel frontage road, authorities said. The road had a dead end, but the vehicle kept going into a wooded area before it hit several small trees.

Lloyd had not posted bail and remained in jail, Sgt Strickland said.

Lloyd said in a 2012 interview that the role he performed when he was 10 made his youth hellish because he was bullied by other children. His last acting credit was in 2005, according to IMDB.

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