Alec Baldwin Arrested for Riding a Bike (But Mostly for Being Alec Baldwin)

Alec BaldwinWhat's in your wallet? If you're Alec Baldwin on Tuesday May 13, and you're out riding your bike in New York City, the answer is obviously not identification. You'd think the former Capital One spokesman would know better, but alas ... no.

The hot-headed actor was arrested and handcuffed by police after failing to produce ID after being stopped for riding a bicycle the wrong way. In Touch broke the story, along with pics that of course immediately went viral, because hi, Alec Baldwin just got arrested for the very serious crime of riding a bike or being Alec Baldwin.

This stuff is just too good to make up.

Anyway, it seems as though the 30 Rock star had an issue being asked for ID. According to a source in the NYPD, he was given two summonses, but was only arrested after "Alec Baldwin'ing" the cops. (I made that term up. It would've been awesome if the source actually used it though.)

"He was stopped by officers for riding the wrong way on a street. When the officers asked for ID, he got belligerent because he had none on him," the source said. "The officers placed him under arrest for disorderly conduct."

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Ever one to take responsibility for his actions, Baldwin took to Twitter after he was released to clear things up. After naming the arresting officer and badge number, he said, "[He] arrested me and handcuffed me for going the wrong way on Fifth Ave." He continued in typical ranty fashion:

Oh Alec, never stop being you! Yeah, the cops probably gave you an extra hard time because you're known for antics like these. Yeah, their time probably could've been better spent elsewhere. But so long as you keep creating opportunities to get yourself all worked up, people are going to try to work you up. Maybe if you really do hate the media, you should stop playing to it.

Do you think the cops should've just let him go with a warning?


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nonmember avatar Meghan

He is such a douche. Every time he claims they are hurting his wife or daughter, like that will get him sympathy. I think it may be in your head, dear Alec.

nonmember avatar Chris

Getting arrested for riding a bike makes no sense. Knowing how some NYC cops are, they probably provoked him. A cop who probably has to deal with real crap would've probably let it slide and just asked him to ride on the right side please.

April Marie McIntyre

@Chris He was riding a bike going the wrong way on the street and if you think that is okay then I hope you have neither bike nor drivers license it is dangerous for all. Bikes may not have a motor (usually) but they ARE considered a vehicle. IF you want to be on the road on a wheeled vehicle then follow traffic laws, even in small town PA you have to follow traffic laws on a bike


Nelli... NellieAthome

Ms Erickson, perhaps when you almost hit a cyclists because, like Baldwin, they commit the "very serious crime of riding a bike" by riding against traffic you will stop being so flippant in showing your absolute lack of information and common sense.

1. As April above notes, bikes are vehvicles and have to follow exacty the same rules of the road as autos or motorcycles.

Chris, you need to learn to think instead of assuming there is any truth in Ms Erickson's insinuations. When your kid gets hit by a bicyclists riding against traffic, or by a car that has to serve to avoid the idiot riding against traffic then maybe you, and Ms Erickson, will get a clue that traffic laws by and large have a legitimate reason and ignoring them puts everyone at risk.

2. He was not arrested for the bike charge but for being an a$$hole when asked for ID. Had he not been a typical entitled a$$hole he would have been let go with just a warning.


nonmember avatar sandy

Thank goodness some other commenters noted that riding the wrong way is, yes, very dangerous, not to mention illegal. I live in Rochester, NY, and people riding their bikes against traffic is practically an epidemic. Now that we have bike lanes on major roads, it is even worse: riders assume that those lanes are untouchable, so that they will be safe riding in either direction. Please, people: Bike riders ride WITH traffic, i.e., on the right side of the road; walkers/runners go against traffic, i.e., left side of the road. This makes it easier for cars to see and avoid riders and walkers, especially at intersections and when turning.

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