Alec Baldwin may be speeding up his timeline to leave New York City.
The 56-year-old was stopped by police yesterday and issued a summons for illegally riding his bike on Fifth Ave. against the flow of traffic. When officers discovered that he was not carrying identification, they decided to arrest him and bring him to the precinct. Naturally, Baldwin was none too pleased for being detained for illegal biking - which he expressed with profanity - and was issued yet another summons for disorderly conduct. After being released, the former "30 Rock" star took to Twitter to express his outrage over the situation.
New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) May 13, 2014
I asked both police officers today to ticket me. If they contend that I asked for special treatment, they are lying.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) May 14, 2014
I think handcuffing some1 4 riding a bicycle in the wrong direction is ridiculous. Report of disorderly conduct is a distortion by Moreno.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) May 14, 2014
I simply want people to know I asked for no special treatment. It was a ticket for riding a bicycle. I can handle it.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) May 14, 2014
By now, it's becoming hard to determine whether trouble simple finds Alec Baldwin or the other way around. A doorman interviewed by The NY Times revealed that on any given day, officers would go mad writing up tickets for people biking the wrong way on Fifth Ave. “If they had an undercover officer to write tickets for bicyclists going the wrong way or on the sidewalk, they’d write 50 to 60 tickets in an eight-hour shift," he said. New Yorkers are also not required to carry identification - but can be taken to a station house in the event of a ticket to establish identity. Baldwin's problem was that only one officer knew who he was.
I told both officers I was happy to accept the summons and go. One officer seemed inclined toward that. Moreno did not.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) May 14, 2014
Moreno shouted, "Let's do this the right way!" And handcuffed me.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) May 14, 2014
Of course, this is just one side of what transpired. We'll likely hear the other when Baldwin has his day in court sometime in the next few weeks. As for calling New York City home in the future, something tells me the actor has other plans in mind. Just look at the media chaos below that greeted him outside his apartment door just hours after his arrest. I'd move too.
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