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Daniel Baldwin in theft, drug arrests

The actor allegedly stole an O.C. friend's SUV and had drugs at a Santa Monica motel. He's had other driving and drug arrests this year.

November 10, 2006|Kelly-Anne Suarez | Times Staff Writer

Actor Daniel Baldwin was released from Orange County Jail late Wednesday after being booked on suspicion of stealing a friend's SUV, which followed a drug arrest in Santa Monica.

The friend, an Aliso Viejo resident, reported his vehicle stolen Sunday, saying no one had permission to drive it, Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.

A satellite tracking system was used to locate the 2003 GMC Yukon, which police found, along with the 46-year-old Baldwin, on Tuesday at the Santa Monica Motel, said Alex Padilla, spokesman for Santa Monica police.

Authorities also found illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia in Baldwin's motel room, Padilla said. The actor, who was arrested in Santa Monica in April on suspicion of drug possession, was booked again on suspicion of drug possession and of grand theft auto, before being transferred to Orange County.

Bail was set at $20,000, but deputies decided to release the brother of fellow actors Alec, William and Stephen Baldwin on his own recognizance because his high profile makes him less of a flight risk, Amormino said.

Baldwin was also arrested in L.A. in July after weaving through traffic at more than 80 mph and crashing a rented Ford Thunderbird into two parked cars, police said.

kelly-anne.suarez@latimes.com

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