April 11, 2016 – Since his arrest in June, 2015, in South Carolina following a high-speed chase, actor Jake Lloyd has remained in state custody. According to U.K. paper The Daily Mail and news site Dailymail.com, the 27-year-old actor reportedly suffers from schizophrenia and has been transferred from a jail cell to a psychiatric facility with his family’s approval.
Jake Lloyd was ten years old when he played the role of a young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999). According to a 2012 interview, frequent bullying by classmates and his intense dislike of the film caused Lloyd to destroy all his Star Wars memorabilia. He essentially stopped acting after the film, save for a minor credit in the 2005 movie Madison, which was filmed in 2000.
Jake Lloyd reportedly led Charleston police in June, 2015, on a 25-mile chase before he lost control of his vehicle, which plowed through a fence and hit several small trees before coming to a stop. Lloyd was arrested and charged with reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest and driving without a license.
While bond has been set at $10,700, his family reportedly has not bonded him out, opting instead to let the former actor heal at a psychiatric facility in South Carolina.
While Jake Lloyd has quit acting, he has appeared at various Star Wars and fan conventions before the South Carolina incident. At The Big Wow Comicfest in San Jose, California, in April 2015, he gave a brief interview including his response to one of the trailers for The Force Awakens:
As Jake Lloyd continues his healing, we wish him well.