‘Star Wars’ child star arrested after chase, crash in Colleton County

Jake Broadbent, formerly known as Jake Lloyd, was arrested last week in Colleton County after a car chase. He starred as the young Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.”

A child actor known for playing the young Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” remained jailed Sunday in Colleton County after leading a car chase Wednesday through multiple counties and crashing into trees, authorities said.

Jake Broadbent, also known as Jake Lloyd, 26, of Fort Collins, Colo., was arrested after the crash and charged with reckless driving, failure to stop for blue lights, resisting arrest and driving without a license.

The chase began in Charleston County and ended about 2 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 95 southbound at mile marker 56, according to Colleton County sheriff’s Sgt. Kyle Strickland.

He said that during the chase, Broadbent crossed the double yellow line on the road, going head-on into traffic, and drove recklessly at high speeds.

Broadbent eventually lost control of his car, a silver Nissan compact, which ran off the road, through a fence and onto a frontage road, at which point Broadbent continued to flee police.

The chase lasted about 20 minutes and ended when Broadbent crashed into woods and struck several trees. Strickland said deputies did not believe he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Broadbent, who also starred in the 1996 holiday film, “Jingle All the Way,” was being held on $10,700 bail, Strickland said.

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