‘The Phantom Menace’ actor, Jake Broadbent, drives about as well as he acts.
The former child actor who starred as a young Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” was arrested Sunday after a 20 minute high speed car chase. Unfortunately for Jake, he wasn’t pod racing and there was no trophy waiting for him at the finish line.
It was Wednesday at around 2pm when Sheriff Sgt. Kyle Strickland got the call that a Silver Nissan compact was driving recklessly through Charleston Country, South Carolina.
Broadbent, 26, sped up considerably and eventually was driving “upwards of 100 miles per hour” when he realized that police were following him. He led authorities through multiple counties. According to Sgt. Strickland he carelessly moved “head on into oncoming traffic”.
The chase ended on Interstate 95 southbound when Broadbent lost control of his vehicle and left the road, tearing through a fence and onto an access road. He crashed into a row of trees once reaching a dead end which thankfully stopped his car. “He bounced off a bunch of them like a pinball machine,” Strickland said.
Broadbent was arrested and charged with reckless driving, failure to stop for blue lights, resisting arrest and driving without a license. Strickland’s deputies did not believe that Broadbent was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time. What is most unclear to police is why Broadbent was in South Carolina, when his license states that he lives in Colorado.
Broadbent remained in jail Sunday with a bail being set at $10,700.