Young Anakin from 'Star Wars' Arrested After High Speed Car Chase & We're Worried (PHOTO)

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Could another former child actor be succumbing to the Hollywood curse? Jake Lloyd -- you'll remember him as young Anakin from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace -- was arrested for reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest and driving without a license after a crazy high-speed car chase with police in Charleston, South Carolina. Oh no! Maybe the force isn't so strong with this one after all ...

 

 

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Seriously, this is horrible news. According to TMZ, Lloyd (who you might also remember from the Arnold Schwarzenegger holiday flick Jingle All the Way) "began passing cars on the double yellow line and began driving recklessly, at high speeds," eventually losing control of his car, "which ran off the road, through a fence and into a wooded area where it struck several trees." Yikes! Sounds like Lloyd is lucky to be alive. No word yet on what caused the chase, or if Lloyd was under the influence of any substance at the time. But his mugshot isn't exactly the picture of someone who's doing particularly well in life:

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Awww, jeez. It's so sad, when you think about it. Here's someone who had such a huge opportunity, and to see it wasted ... but apparently for Lloyd, his early brush with stardom was more traumatic than anything else (he's been quoted as saying that George Lucas "ruined his career" and Star Wars fame turned his life into a "living hell"). He even reportedly threw away all his Star Wars merchandise!!! Guess it truly was a bad experience for him. But one has to wonder if maybe there aren't other issues at play here (maybe family-related stuff), and if Lloyd isn't placing a little bit too much blame on the movie?

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Either way, it's too bad how things are turning out. Just look at how adorable he was as a kid in the Phantom Menace trailer:

Awww. Here's hoping that whatever demons Lloyd is dealing with right now, he finds a way to leave them behind and turn his life around. (Let's also hope he saved some of that Star Wars paycheck!)

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Image via YouTube/South Carolina Police Department

 

 

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