Actor who played young Anakin Skywalker in ‘Star Wars’ arrested after high-speed chase

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WALTERBORO, S.C. — A former child actor who starred in one of the “Star Wars” movie prequels faces charges after leading South Carolina deputies on a high-speed chase.

Colleton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kyle Strickland said Sunday deputies on Wednesday arrested a 26-year-old man they confirmed through a former talent agent was Jake Lloyd. He played young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 movie “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.”

Strickland said the man gave his name as Jake Broadbent. He has a birthdate that matched the actors’ listed by a movie database and a hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado, where Lloyd was born.

Strickland said the man was charged with reckless driving after hitting speeds over 100 miles an hour before crashing into trees off Interstate 95. He remained in jail Sunday.